nominal

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.

Primary Meanings of nominal

1.
adjn
relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name
a phrase that can function as the subject or object of a verb
2.
adj
insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
Full Definitions of nominal
1

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”

adj named; bearing the name of a specific person

Synonyms:
nominative
specified
clearly and explicitly stated

adj existing in name only

“the nominal (or titular) head of his party”
Synonyms:
titular
formal
being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

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

nominal phrase”

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

Synonyms:
nominal phrase, noun phrase
Type of:
phrase
an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
2

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

“the fee was nominal
Synonyms:
token, tokenish
minimal, minimum
the least possible

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

“the nominal GDP”
nominal interest rates”
Antonyms:
real
of, relating to, or representing an amount that is corrected for inflation

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