Definition of minimal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɪnɪməl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnɪməl//
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very small in size or amount; as small as possible The work was carried out at minimal cost. There's only a minimal amount of risk involved. The damage to the car was minimal. compare maximal Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin minimus ‘smallest’ + -al.
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