Definitions for nominalˈnɒm ə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nom•i•nalˈnɒm ə nl(adj.)

  1. being such in name only; so-called; putative:

    the nominal head of the country.

  2. (of a price, fee, etc.) named as a matter of form, being trifling in comparison with the actual value:

    a nominal price.

    Category: Business

  3. of, pertaining to, or constituting a name or names.

  4. of, pertaining to, functioning as, or producing a noun:

    a nominal suffix.

    Category: Grammar

  5. containing, bearing, or giving a name or names.

  6. Aerospace. performing or achieved within expected limits; normal and satisfactory.

    Category: Aerospace

  7. (n.)a word or group of words functioning as a noun.

    Category: Oceanography, Grammar

Origin of nominal:

1425–75; late ME nominalle of a noun < L nōminālis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. noun phrase, nominal phrase, nominal(adj)

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

  2. nominal(adj)

    relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

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

  3. nominal, token(a), tokenish(adj)

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

    "the fee was nominal"; "a token gesture of resistance"; "a toknenish gesture"

  4. nominal(adj)

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

    "nominal phrase"; "noun phrase"

  5. nominal(adj)

    of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation

    "the nominal GDP"; "nominal interest rates"

  6. nominative, nominal(adj)

    named; bearing the name of a specific person

    "nominative shares of stock"

  7. nominal, titular(adj)

    existing in name only

    "the nominal (or titular) head of his party"


  1. nominal(Noun)

    A noun or word group that functions as a noun phrase.

    This sentence contains two nominals.

  2. nominal(Noun)

    A part of speech that shares features with nouns and adjectives.

  3. nominal(Adjective)

    Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names.

  4. nominal(Adjective)

    Assigned to or bearing a person's name.

  5. nominal(Adjective)

    Existing in name only.

  6. nominal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to nominalism.

  7. nominal(Adjective)

    Insignificantly small; trifling.

    He gave me only a nominal sum for my services.

  8. nominal(Adjective)

    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.

  9. nominal(Adjective)

    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.

  10. nominal(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or being the rate of interest or return without adjustment for compounding or inflation.

  11. nominal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a noun or word group that functions as a noun.

    This sentence contains a nominal phrase.

  12. nominal(Adjective)

    According to plan or design; normal.

    We'll just do a nominal flight check.

  13. nominal(Adjective)

    Without adjustment to remove the effects of inflation; contrasted with real.

  14. nominal(Adjective)

    Having values whose order is insignificant.

  15. Origin: From the nominalle, from nominalis, from nomen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nominal(adj)

    of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal definition

  2. Nominal(adj)

    existing in name only; not real; as, a nominal difference

  3. Nominal(noun)

    a nominalist

  4. Nominal(noun)

    a verb formed from a noun

  5. Nominal(noun)

    a name; an appellation


  1. Nominal

    In linguistics, a nominal is a part of speech in some languages that shares features with nouns and adjectives.

Anagrams of nominal

  1. nonmail

Translations for nominal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


in name only, not in reality

He is only the nominal head of the firm.

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