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, pertaining to, or characteristic of minimalism.
being or offering no more than what is required or essential: a minimalist program for tax reform.

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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minimalist (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst)
1.  a person advocating a minimal policy, style, technique, action, etc
2.  a minimal artist
3.  of or relating to minimal art or artists

Minimalist (ˈmɪnɪməlɪst)
1.  a member of the faction of the Social Revolutionaries that advocated immediate postrevolutionary democracy
2.  a less common name for a Menshevik

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Word Origin & History

1907, originally an Anglicization of Menshevik; in sense of "practitioner of minimal art" it is first recorded 1967; the term minimal art is from 1965. See minimum. Related: Minimalistic; Minimalism.
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Example sentences
The school is characteristically minimalist with plenty of open spaces.
The museum's minimalist aesthetic has been captured by many nationally
  recognized architectural photographers.
She has also produced a line of minimalist furniture.
Minimalist art isn't always easy to read, so careful consideration has to be
  paid to what visual elements are there before you.
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