Schools, libraries, and other organizations often ask you to make a nominal donation to their cause. While you want to support many causes, these nominal donations soon add up to a substantial portion of your budget!

Another meaning for the adjective nominal is "in name only" or only having a title. The CEO is the nominal head of the company, but you know his assistant is one who is really in charge of the day-to-day business of the company. He is the go-to person for signing invoices, purchase orders, and resolving personnel issues.

Definitions of nominal
  1. adjective
    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. adjective
    named; bearing the name of a specific person
    synonyms: nominative
    clearly and explicitly stated
  3. adjective
    existing in name only
    “the nominal (or titular) head of his party”
    synonyms: titular
    being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)
  4. adjective
    pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun
    nominal phrase”
  5. noun
    a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
    synonyms: nominal phrase, noun phrase
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    type of:
    an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
  6. adjective
    insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
    “the fee was nominal
    synonyms: token, tokenish
    minimal, minimum
    the least possible
  7. adjective
    of, relating to, or characteristic of an amount that is not adjusted for inflation
    “the nominal GDP”
    nominal interest rates”
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    of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation
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