Definitions of nominal

  1. 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"
  2. being such in name only; " the nominal ( or titular) head of his party"
  3. named; bearing the name of a specific person; " nominative shares of stock"
  4. insignificantly small; a matter of form only; " the fee was nominal"; " a token gesture of resistance"; (` tokenish' is informal as in" a tokenish gesture")
  5. ( economics) being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power; " nominal or face value"
  6. ( grammar) " nominal phrase"; " noun phrase"
  7. insignificantly small; a matter of form only (` tokenish' is informal); " the fee was nominal"; " a token gesture of resistance"; " a tokenish gesture"
  8. being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power; " nominal or face value"
  9. pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun; " nominal phrase"; " noun phrase"
  10. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal definition.
  11. Existing in name only; not real; as, a nominal difference.
  12. A nominalist.
  13. A verb formed from a noun.
  14. A name; an appellation.
  15. Pertaining to, or consisting of, a name or names; existing in name only; as, nominal authority or power.
  16. Nominally.
  17. Pertaining to a name: existing only in name: having a name.
  18. Existing only in name; not real.
  19. Pertaining to name; existing in name only; inconsiderable.
  20. Existing in name only; verbal.
  21. Existing in name only; consisting in names.

Usage examples for nominal

  1. Nor was the attraction only for nominal Christians like these. – The Arian Controversy by H. M. Gwatkin
  2. It is curious that all but one of them now really live in Johnsonville, although they still keep their nominal residence here. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  3. In China, where the real as well as nominal price of labour is very low, sons are yet obliged by law to support their aged and helpless parents. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  4. This was to be no mere nominal satisfaction of honour. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  5. It very rarely happens that the nominal price of labour universally falls, but we well know that it frequently remains the same, while the nominal price of provisions has been gradually increasing. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  6. " I am inclined to think that I shall be proof against my nominal wife's charms, no matter how great they may be," he said emphatically. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  7. Of course, we'll find out his name, but I'll wager that when we get the nominal owner we won't be able to extract a thing from him in the way of actual facts." – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  8. Grenfell lets his patients pay in wood or fish or whatever they have, a value merely nominal compared with what they receive. – Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North by Fullerton Waldo
  9. The religious experience of such Negroes, therefore, was more nominal than rational. – The History of the Negro Church by Carter Godwin Woodson
  10. That, at least, was the nominal reason. – Rulers of India: Lord Clive by George Bruce Malleson
  11. Later in 1657, the Company threw open the freedom of the Company to the public for a nominal sum of five pounds. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  12. It put them into a terrible rage, and they sent nominal provocations to different members of the Gun Club. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  13. Surely you profess to have at least a nominal respect for the One who first uttered them!" – The Chautauqua Girls At Home by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
  14. He had conceived a fancy for the place five years before, when visiting in the neighborhood, and on learning that it was for sale, he had purchased it, at the suggestion of his mother, proposing to his father that for a time, at least, he should be its nominal possessor. – 'Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
  15. There seem to be relics of the other methods, which were however so closely akin to methods of forming nominal stems that they need not be discussed here. – The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages by Andrew Woods Williamson
  16. Pipe sizes, unless otherwise stated, are given in terms of nominal internal diameter. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  17. We observed in travelling, that the nominal and real distance of places had very little relation to each other. – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  18. A nominal rent was agreed upon, and this was easy to pay, as Margaret's engagements were transferred to the new operator, while she, herself, attended to chickens and cows, and her six feet of husband. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  19. And with this in view these clubs charge nominal sums for their privileges. – The Romance of a Great Store by Edward Hungerford
  20. " The rent will be almost nominal I replied. – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman