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[min-uh-muh l] /ˈmɪn ə məl/
constituting a minimum:
a minimal mode of transportation.
barely adequate or the least possible:
minimal care.
Origin of minimal
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)
2. nominal, minimum. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for minimally
  • Natural turkeys have been minimally processed, with no artificial ingredients or coloring added.
  • In warm-summer climates, tomatoes should be pruned only minimally to prevent sunburned fruit.
  • The recovery for minimally invasive surgery is much faster normally.
  • Minds of minimally conscious patients appear to retain the ability to process language.
  • There have been huge advances in energy efficiency but cheap minimally polluting energy remains elusive.
  • Thus, parasites evolve to be minimally harmful to their hosts.
  • Infants and toddlers are minimally, if exposed at all, to pesticides through cotton grown with the aid of pesticides.
  • They should minimally distort the material due to natural gravity.
  • Once ready, the stem cells are reintroduced into the scarred region of the heart using a minimally invasive technique.
  • Yet again, these other roles for statin therapy have only been minimally explored and researched, comparatively speaking.
British Dictionary definitions for minimally


of the least possible; minimum or smallest
Derived Forms
minimally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for minimally

1894, from minimal + -ly (2).



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

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