minimal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From minimum +‎ -al.

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Adjective[edit]

minimal (comparative more minimal, superlative most minimal)

  1. The smallest possible amount, quantity, or degree.
    Synonym: minimum
    Antonym: maximal
    With minimal effort, you won't be able to achieve all your dreams.
  2. (art) Characterised by the use of simple form or structures.
  3. (music) Characterised by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases.

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Noun[edit]

minimal (plural minimals)

  1. Something very small; a tiny part or fragment.
    • 1994, David Holbrook, Creativity and Popular Culture (page 37)
      [] we seek in explaining mental phenomena and behavior always the "minimals," the little fragments of association, on which the mind is (passively) supposed to be based.
    • 1987, J. Golden Taylor, ‎Western Literature Association (U.S.), A Literary History of the American West (page 451)
      [] identifications with birds, fish, trees, and flowers (and occasionally as relief, with the stillness of rocks, clam shells, driftwood, and nature's minimals); []

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin minimus (smallest).

Adjective[edit]

minimal

  1. minimal

References[edit]

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

French[edit]

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minimal (feminine minimale, masculine plural minimaux, feminine plural minimales)

  1. minimal

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

minimal (strong nominative masculine singular minimaler, not comparable)

  1. minimal
    Antonym: maximal

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Further reading[edit]

  • minimal” in Duden online
  • minimal” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

minimal (not comparable)

  1. minimal

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English minimal. [First attested in 1996.]

Adjective[edit]

minimal

  1. minimal, minimalistic
    Synonyms: semplice, sobrio, essenziale

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin minimus.

Adjective[edit]

minimal (neuter singular minimalt, definite singular and plural minimale)

  1. minimal, minimum

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin minimus.

Adjective[edit]

minimal (neuter singular minimalt, definite singular and plural minimale)

  1. minimal, minimum

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -al, -aw
  • Hyphenation: mi‧ni‧mal

Adjective[edit]

minimal m or f (plural minimais)

  1. minimal, minimum
    Synonym: mínimo
  2. (not comparable, relational) of, or pertaining to, the minimum
  3. (art) minimal (characterised by the use of simple form or structures)
    Synonym: minimalista

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French minimal.

Adjective[edit]

minimal m or n (feminine singular minimală, masculine plural minimali, feminine and neuter plural minimale)

  1. minimal

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /miniˈmal/, [mi.niˈmal]
  • Hyphenation: mi‧ni‧mal

Adjective[edit]

minimal (plural minimales)

  1. minimalistic

Swedish[edit]

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minimal (comparative minimalare, superlative minimalast)

  1. minimal; the smallest possible amount, quantity, or degree; as small as possible
    Kunde du inte hitta någon minimalare kjol??
    Sheesh, were you unable to find any smaller skirt than that??

Declension[edit]

Inflection of minimal
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular minimal minimalare minimalast
Neuter singular minimalt minimalare minimalast
Plural minimala minimalare minimalast
Masculine plural3 minimale minimalare minimalast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 minimale minimalare minimalaste
All minimala minimalare minimalaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic