bare minimum

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bare minimum (uncountable)

  1. The smallest possible quantity or the least fulfilling, but still adequate, condition that is required, acceptable, or suitable for some purpose.
    • 1852, Joseph Fletcher, "Statistics of the Farm School System of the Continent," Journal of the Statistical Society of London, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 32,
      The Belgian colonies, if they adhere to these limits, must provide for all their wants at a lower cost by one half than the French as a bare minimum.
    • 1948, D. B. Copland, "United States Policy in China," Pacific Affairs, vol. 21, no. 4, p. 344,
      It is the old problem of what a victor is to do with the vanquished, if the the latter is to gain the bare minimum of economic independence.
    • 2006, Jean Friedman, "Can Bolivia's Revolution Pay Dividends?," Time, 1 Nov.,
      The foreign companies would punish Bolivia by refusing to invest and only sustaining the bare minimum of operations here.

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