Adjective "Minimal" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree; negligible.
  1. 'production costs are minimal'
  2. 'Instead, a year of planning has gone into ensuring the absolute minimal amount of disruption to traffic while the work has been in progress.'
  3. 'It can be the backbone of many meals while adding only a minimal amount of fat.'
  4. 'We also see the band on tour throughout New Zealand and Asia with a minimal amount of live footage.'
  5. 'Budget deficits are also the norm - the tax base is insufficient to cover minimal government spending.'
  6. 'For a low-budget Indonesian film, preceded by minimal hype, this was nothing short of a triumph.'
  7. 'Within the space of a week, and with minimal amount of application, it is possible to gain a skill of incalculable worth.'
  8. 'The kitchen was small and cramped, with minimal counter space and cabinetry.'
  9. 'With a limited budget finding performers willing to travel and perform for a minimal amount proved difficult.'
  10. 'The exterior differences were minimal, amounting to some new alloys and revised indicator lamp housings.'
  11. 'Despite his minimal knowledge of music, Hoss could tell he was off key and slurring the words.'
Characterized by the use of simple forms or structures, especially geometric or massive ones.
  1. 'Agnes Martin's austerely minimal grid paintings made a profound impression on him.'
  2. 'In the first two rooms of the gallery, Samson Mudzunga presents a minimal show that somehow suits his enigmatic nature.'
  3. 'minimal, simple evening dresses in luxurious fabrics'
  4. 'Light and exquisitely crafted and delicate jewellery with smooth curves and floral designs in geometric forms made with minimal metal look and set with tiny crystals have been specially designed.'
Characterized by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases.
  1. 'R. Kelly does the vocals for all six characters over minimal music.'
  2. 'It is a reminder of how revolutionary their fast, loud and minimal music initially was.'
(of a pair of forms) distinguished by only one feature.
  1. 'In Jamaican Creole, tone is lexical in a few minimal pairs.'

More definitions

1. constituting a minimum: a minimal mode of transportation.

2. barely adequate or the least possible: minimal care.

More examples(as adjective)

"aftershocks can be minimal due to depths."

"securities can be minimal with fences."

"values can be minimal on models."

"trades can be minimal amid expiries."

"progresses can be minimal at points."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin minimus ‘smallest’ + -al.