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NOMINAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nominal mean? 

NOMINAL (noun)
  The noun NOMINAL has 1 sense:

1. a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb

  Familiarity information: NOMINAL used as a noun is very rare.


NOMINAL (adjective)
  The adjective NOMINAL has 6 senses:

1. relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name
2. insignificantly small; a matter of form only ('tokenish' is informal)
3. pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun
4. being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power
5. named; bearing the name of a specific person
6. existing in name only

  Familiarity information: NOMINAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


NOMINAL (noun)


Sense 1nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

nominal; nominal phrase; noun phrase

Hypernyms ("nominal" is a kind of...):

phrase (an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence)


NOMINAL (adjective)


Sense 1nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the Russian system of nominal brevity / a nominal lists of priests / taxable males as revealed by the nominal rolls

Pertainym:

name (a language unit by which a person or thing is known)


Sense 2nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insignificantly small; a matter of form only ('tokenish' is informal)

Synonyms:

token; tokenish; nominal

Context examples:

the fee was nominal / a token gesture of resistance / a toknenish gesture

Similar:

minimal; minimum (the least possible)


Sense 3nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

nominal phrase / noun phrase

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Pertainym:

noun (a word that can serve as the subject or object of a verb)


Sense 4nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power

Context example:

nominal or face value

Domain category:

economic science; economics; political economy (the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management)

Antonym:

real (being value measured in terms of purchasing power)


Sense 5nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Named; bearing the name of a specific person

Synonyms:

nominative; nominal

Context example:

nominative shares of stock

Similar:

specified (clearly and explicitly stated)


Sense 6nominal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Existing in name only

Synonyms:

titular; nominal

Context example:

the nominal (or titular) head of his party

Similar:

formal (being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress))


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