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minimal

[min-uh-muh l] /ˈmɪn ə məl/
adjective
1.
constituting a minimum:
a minimal mode of transportation.
2.
barely adequate or the least possible:
minimal care.
Origin of minimal
1660-1670
1660-70; minim(um) + -al1
Related forms
minimally, adverb
nonminimal, adjective
subminimal, adjective
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
Synonyms
2. nominal, minimum.
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minimal

/ˈmɪnɪməl/
adjective
1.
of the least possible; minimum or smallest
Derived Forms
minimally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for minimal
adj.

"smallest, least," 1660s, from Latin minimus (see minim) + -al (1).

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