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[min-uh-muh-list] /ˈmɪn ə mə lɪst/
a person who favors a moderate approach to the achievement of a set of goals or who holds minimal expectations for the success of a program.
a practitioner of minimalism in music or art.
of, relating to, or characteristic of minimalism.
being or offering no more than what is required or essential:
a minimalist program for tax reform.
Origin of minimalist
1905-10; in political use < French minimaliste (see minimal, -ist), translation of Russian men'shevík Menshevik; subsequent uses perhaps recoinage with minimal, -ist Unabridged
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  • The school is characteristically minimalist with plenty of open spaces.
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  • minimalist art isn't always easy to read, so careful consideration has to be paid to what visual elements are there before you.
  • minimalist approach keeps focus on natural materials.
  • He installed new appliances in the kitchen but kept to a streamlined, minimalist aesthetic.
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  • Now, it is certainly true that editors these days tend to take a minimalist approach to the scholarly apparatus.
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British Dictionary definitions for minimalist


noun (in early 20th-century Russia)
a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy
a less common name for a Menshevik
Compare Maximalist


a person advocating a minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc
a minimal artist
of or relating to minimal art or artists
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Word Origin and History for minimalist

1907; see minimal + -ist. Originally an Englishing of Menshevik (q.v.); in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art is from 1965. As an adjective from 1917 in the Russian political sense; 1969 in reference to art. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.

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