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nominal

noun

adjective

  1. (constituting, bearing, giving)  relating to, constituting, bearing, or giving a name
  2. (minimal)  insignificantly small; a matter of form only
    Synonyms: token [attributive], tokenish [informal]. Similar to: minimal
  3. (noun, word group)  pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun
    Topic: grammar
  4. (economics)  of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that isn't adjusted for inflation
    Topic: economics
  5. (specified)  named; bearing the name of a specific person
    Synonyms: nominative, nom. [abbreviation]. Similar to: specified
  6. (formal)  existing in name only
    Synonyms: titular. Similar to: formal

Etymology summary

"pertaining to nouns", from Latin nominalis "pertaining to a name or names",...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

nominal | theoretical [synonym, sense-specific] | token [synonym, sense-specific] | nominally [adverb, derived]

in name only; theoretical | minimal in comparison with real worth or what is expected; token | of, relating to, constituting, bearing, or giving a ... (23 of 483 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

nominal [entry 1, adjective] | satisfactory [synonym, sense-specific] | formal [synonym, sense-specific] | paper [synonym, sense-specific] | titular [synonym, sense-specific] | big [antonym, sense-specific] | consequential [antonym, sense-specific] | considerable [antonym, sense-specific] | important [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or being a noun or a word or expression taking a noun construction | of, relating to, or constituting a name ; bearing the name of a ... (29 of 387 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nominal

nominal [entry 2, noun]

a word or word group functioning as a noun (9 of 23 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Nominal (disambiguation)

one of the parts of speech. Nominal may also refer to: Nominal aphasia, also known as Anomic Aphasia, a problem remembering words and names | Nominal category, a group of objects or ideas that can be collectively grouped on the basis of shared,... (42 of 229 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nominal (disambiguation)

Nominal

a part of speech in some languages that shares features with nouns and adjectives. Nominals are a common feature of Indigenous Australian languages, many of which do not categorically differentiate nouns from adjectives. Some features of nominals in... (38 of 149 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nominal

Wiktionary:

nominal | nominals [plural] | noun [subtype, sense-specific] | pronoun [subtype, sense-specific] | real [antonym, sense-specific] | trifling [synonym, sense-specific] | normal [synonym, sense-specific]

Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names. | Assigned to or bearing a person's name. | Existing in name only. | [philosophy] Of or relating to nominalism. | Insignificantly small; trifling. | Of or relating to the presumed or ... (38 of 200 words, 14 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nominal

Oxford Dictionary:

nominal | nom. [abbreviation] | nominally [derived]

(of a role or status) existing in name only | relating to or consisting of names | (of a price or charge) very small; far below the real value or cost ... (29 of 195 words, 7 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nominal

Random House Dictionary:

nominal

being such in name only; so-called; putative. | (of a price, consideration, etc.) named as a mere matter of form, being trifling in comparison with ... (24 of 167 words, 10 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nominal

American Heritage Dictionary:

nominal | nominally [adverb, related]

Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names. | Assigned to or bearing a person's name | Existing in name only. | [philosophy] Of or ... (25 of 149 words, 10 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nominal

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nominal

a nominal amount of money is a very small amount which is much less than something is really worth | used about something that is officially described ... (26 of 113 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

nominal

of, consisting of, having the nature of, or giving a name or names | of or having to do with a noun or nouns | in name only, not in fact | very small ... (31 of 76 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nominal

Cambridge Dictionary:

nominal [entry 1] | nominally [adverb, derived]

in name or thought but not reality (7 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nominal 1

nominal [entry 2]

describes a sum of money which is very small compared to an expected price or value (16 of 35 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nominal 2

Encarta Dictionary:

nominal | nominals [plural]

acting or being something in name only, but not in reality | representing very little cost when compared with the actual value received | assigned to ... (24 of 140 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861683576​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

nominal

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "pertaining to nouns", from Latin nominalis "pertaining to a name or names", from nomen (genitive nominis) "name", cognate with ... (22 of 47 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

nominal

Origin: Middle English nominalle, of nouns, from Latin nōminālis, of names, from nōmen, nōmin-, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.

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Oxford Dictionary:

nominal

First use: late 15th century

Origin: (as a term in grammar): from Latin nominalis, from nomen, nomin- "name"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nominal

Wiktionary:

nominal | nominals [plural]

Origin: the Middle English nominalle ("of nouns"), from Latin nōminālis, from nōmen ("name").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nominal

New World Dictionary:

nominal

Origin: Middle English nominalle from Latin nominalis, of a name from nomen, "name"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nominal

Collins Dictionary:

nominal

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin nōminālis of a name, from nōmen name

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nominal

Merriam-Webster:

nominal [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English nominalle, from Medieval Latin nominalis, from Latin, of a name, from nomin-, nomen name

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nominal

Encarta Dictionary:

nominal | nominals [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin nominalis from nomen "name"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861683576​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

nominal

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

nominal

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

nominal

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Cambridge Dictionary:

nominal [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nominal"

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the Free Dictionary:

nominal

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Google Dictionary:

nominal

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

nominal

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nominal"

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YourDictionary Audio:

nominal

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