I. adjective Etymology: Middle English nominalle, from Medieval Latin nominalis, from Latin, of a name, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or being a noun or a word or expression taking a noun construction 2. a. of, relating to, or constituting a name b. bearing the name of a person 3. a. existing or being something in name or form only <
nominal head of his party
b. of, being, or relating to a designated or theoretical size that may vary from the actual ; approximate <
the pipe's nominal size
c. trifling, insignificant <
his involvement was nominal
charged only nominal rent
4. of a rate of interest a. equal to the annual rate of simple interest that would obtain if interest were not compounded when in fact it is compounded and paid for periods of less than a year b. equal to the percentage by which a repaid loan exceeds the principal borrowed with no adjustment made for inflation 5. being according to plan ; satisfactory <
everything was nominal during the launch
nominally adverb II. noun Date: 1904 a word or word group functioning as a noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • nominal — nominal, ale, aux [ nɔminal, o ] adj. et n. m. • 1503; lat. nominalis, de nomen « nom » I ♦ Ling. 1 ♦ Qui se rapporte au nom (III), a valeur de nom, équivaut à un nom. Emploi nominal d un mot. Formes nominales de la conjugaison (infinitifs,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • nominal — nom·i·nal / nä mən əl/ adj 1: existing or being something in name or form but usu. not in reality defenses...raised by the corporation as nominal defendant in a derivative suit R. C. Clark 2: being so small or trivial as to be a mere token… …   Law dictionary

  • nominal — NOMINÁL, Ă, nominali, e, adj. 1. Care conţine nume, care indica un nume, de nume; după nume; pe nume. ♢ Valoare nominală = valoare indicată pe o acţiune, pe o hârtie monedă (care uneori nu corespunde cu valoarea reală; valoare oficială. Putere… …   Dicționar Român

  • nominal — (Del lat. nominālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo al nombre. 2. Que tiene nombre de algo y le falta la realidad de ello en todo o en parte. Sueldo, empleo nominal. 3. Com. Dicho de una inscripción o de un título: nominativo. 4. Ling. Dicho… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Nominal — Nom i*nal, a. [L. nominalis, fr. nomen, nominis, name. See {Name}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a name or names; having to do with the literal meaning of a word; verbal; as, a nominal definition. Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster] 2. Existing in name only;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nominal — nominal, ale (no mi nal, na l ) adj. 1°   Qui est relatif au nom. •   Il arrive si souvent, et surtout en histoire naturelle, qu une erreur nominale entraîne une erreur réelle...., BUFF. Ois. t. III, p. 352.    Terme de logique. Définition… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • nominal — adj. 2 g. 1. Relativo ao nome. 2. Formado só de nomes. 3. Que só existe em nome. ≠ REAL 4. Em que se menciona o nome do indivíduo (ex.: cheque nominal, votação nominal). 5.  [Economia] Que corresponde a um valor definido e não tem em conta, por… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • nominal — adjetivo 1. Que sólo existe de nombre, y no es efectivo o real: cargo nominal. 2. Área: gramática [Oración, sintagma] que desempeña la misma función que un nombre. 3. [ …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Nominal — bezeichnet: namentlich, zum Nennwert das Münznominal den Nominal (Glocke), Schlagton für die Tonhöhe einer Kirchenglocke Das Adjektiv nominal bezeichnet in der Wirtschaftswissenschaft eine nicht inflationsbereinigte Größe, Gegenteil: reale Größe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • nominal — [näm′ə nəl] adj. [ME nominalle < L nominalis, of a name < nomen, NAME] 1. of, consisting of, having the nature of, or giving a name or names 2. of or having to do with a noun or nouns 3. in name only, not in fact [the nominal leader] 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Nominal — Nom i*nal, n. 1. A nominalist. [Obs.] Camden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) A verb formed from a noun. [1913 Webster] 3. A name; an appellation. [1913 Webster] A is the nominal of the sixth note in the natural diatonic scale. Moore (Encyc. of Music.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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