Definitions for: Minimal


[adj] the least possible; "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"



Webster (1913) Definition: Min"i*mal, a.
Of, pertaining to, or having a character of, a minim or
minimum; least; smallest; as, a minimal amount or value.

Synonyms: borderline, bottom, least, lowest, marginal, minimum, negligible, nominal, smallest, stripped, stripped-down, token(a), tokenish

Antonyms: maximal, maximum

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Famous Quotes Containing Minimal:


The discoloration is very minimal. I have not turned blue. The extent of skin discoloration is not even remotely near what the news media are saying. It is barely noticeable.

-- Stan Jones (American Politician)

Buddy Holly and the early rock 'n' roll was no lighter than the way I play. It's very minimal.

-- Joni Mitchell (Canadian Musician)

Minimal art went nowhere.

-- Sol LeWitt (American Artist)

The more minimal art, the more maximum the explaination.

-- Hilton Kramer (American Critic)

The Brigham Young University (BYU) campus was just a few blocks from my home and tuition was minimal.

-- Paul D. Boyer (American Scientist)

Like Godfather, you look at a movie like that, or something that James Gray has directed, a film with minimal or pin lighting as opposed to everything being lit bright and flat, where everything is evident.

-- Bill Sienkiewicz (American Artist)

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power.

-- Thomas Szasz (American Psychologist)

Comparison of statements made at different periods frequently enable us to give maximal and minimal dates to the appearance of a cultural element or to assign the time limits to a movement of population.

-- Edward Sapir (American Scientist)

Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.

-- John Lasseter ( Director)

I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world. To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.

-- Zack de la Rocha (American Musician)

The good news is that even minimal activity can significantly extend life.

-- Howard Coble (American Politician)

The level of potential physical productivity of a society depends on both the development of the intellect of its members, and a minimal standard of both demographic characteristics and of consumption.

-- Robert Trout (American Journalist)

We know that there are unaccounted-for Scud and other ballistic missiles in Iraq. And part of the problem is that, since 1998, there has been no way to even get minimal information about those programs except through intelligence means.

-- Condoleezza Rice (American Statesman)

I demand minimal for paid rehearsal and not always six weeks either.

-- William Hurt (American Actor)

The form language used by the ancient Egyptians in their structures is minimal.

-- Harry Seidler (Australian Architect)

I know that plans and reality may be two different things, but I think my demands on life are minimal.

-- Moshe Dayan (Israeli Soldier)

The influence of Paris, for instance, is now minimal. Yet a lot is written about Paris fashion.

-- Geoffrey Beene (American Designer)

In July of 1983, I left Washington, DC area and have had minimal contact with Judge Clarence Thomas since.

-- Anita Hill ( Celebrity)

After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.

-- Harry Seidler (Australian Architect)

I have a very steadfast tendency to parent myself, to monitor my development into the person I want to be. I've tried to keep the corruption minimal.

-- Fiona Apple (American Musician)

I think there are a lot of honest people doing honest business on online auctions. But the control on these Web sites is pretty minimal.

-- Dan Butler (American Actor)

A plant's ability to grow, increase and sustain itself became of secondary and almost minimal interest.

-- Bill Munson ( -)


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