What does nominal mean?

Definitions for nominalˈnɒm ə nl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nominal.

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(a.)

    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.

  2. Nominal(a.)

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

  3. Origin: [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See Name.]


  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

  6. Origin: [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See Name.]


  1. Nominal

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nominal

    nom′in-al, adj. pertaining to a name: existing only in name: having a name.—ns. Nom′inalism, the doctrine that general terms have no corresponding reality either in or out of the mind, being mere words; Nom′inalist, one of a sect of philosophers who held the doctrine of nominalism.—adj. Nominalist′ic, pertaining to nominalism.—adv. Nom′inally. [L. nominalisnomen, -ĭnis, a name.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nominal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nominal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James A. Ferguson:

    All Systems Nominal

  2. Chief Executive Musk:

    It failed five times below its nominal strength, which is pretty crazy.

  3. Christian Noyer:

    Monetary policy must aim at influencing both nominal interest rates and inflation expectations.

  4. The BoE:

    This, in turn could result in slower growth of nominal incomes, increasing the burden of existing debts.

  5. Pierre Gramegna:

    You can achieve payment relief by extending the grace period, or delaying payments ... and avoid a nominal haircut.

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