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Definition of nominal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1being something in name only, and not in reality the nominal leader of the party He remained in nominal control of the business for another ten years. The shares were sold for well below their nominal value.
  2. 2(of a sum of money) very small and much less than the normal cost or change synonym token We only pay a nominal rent. There is a nominal charge for use of the tennis courts.
  3. 3(grammar) connected with a noun or nouns
adverb He was nominally in charge of the company.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nominal