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Meaning of nominal by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From the Middle English nominalle ( “of nouns” ) < Latin nōminālis < nōmen ( “name” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈnɒm.ɪnl̩/, SAMPA: /"nQm.Inl=/


    nominal ( not comparable )

    1. Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names .
    2. Assigned to or bearing a person's name .
    3. Existing in name only .
    4. ( philosophy ) Of or relating to nominalism .
    5. Insignificantly small; trifling .
      He gave me only a nominal sum for my services .
    6. Of or relating to the presumed or approximate value, rather than the actual value .
      The nominal voltage is 1.5 V, but the actual figure is usually higher .
    7. ( finance ) Of, relating to, or being the amount or face value of a sum of money or a stock certificate, for example, and not the purchasing power or market value .
    8. ( finance ) Of, relating to, or being the rate of interest or return without adjustment for compounding or inflation .
    9. ( grammar ) Of or relating to a noun or word group that functions as a noun .
      This sentence contains a nominal phrase .
    10. ( 工学 ) According to plan or design; normal .
      We'll just do a nominal flight check .
    11. ( economics ) Without adjustment to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with real .
      My employer does not understand how low my nominal wage is .
      The nominal GNP of this country is pretty low .
    12. ( statistics ) Of a variable: having values whose order is insignificant .


    Derived terms


    nominal ( plural: nominals )

    1. ( grammar ) A noun or word group that functions as a noun phrase .
      This sentence contains two nominals .


    See also

    • w:Nominal

    External links

    • nominal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • nominal in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of nominal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. existing in name only

    2. the nominal ( or titular ) head of his party
    3. named

    4. insignificantly small

    5. the fee was nominal
    6. of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation

    7. the nominal GDP
      nominal interest rates
    8. pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun

    9. nominal phrase
    10. relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

    11. the Russian system of nominal brevity
      a nominal lists of priests
      taxable males as revealed by the nominal rolls
    1. a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb

    Definition of nominal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Nominal a. [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See Name.]
      1. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, “a nominal definition”. Bp. Pearson.

      2. Existing in name only; not real; as, “a nominal difference”. “Nominal attendance on lectures.” Macaulay.

      4. Hence: Insignificant; trifling; -- of prices or costs, as compared with the benefits gained; as, “to pay a nominal sum for the data; a nominal fee”.

      3. Within acceptable limits; as expected; as, “the hydraulic lines are at nominal pressure”; -- used mostly in aviation and space operations.

    2. Nominal, n.
      1. A nominalist. [Obs.] Camden.

      2. ( Gram. ) A verb formed from a noun.

      3. A name; an appellation.

      A is the nominal of the sixth note in the natural diatonic scale. Moore ( Encyc. of Music. )