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
charging a nominal fee
3 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 compare effective 4
nom·i·nal·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective cheap, cutrate, hardly worth mention, honorary, in name only, inconsiderable, inexpensive, insignificant, little, low, low-priced, meager, meaningless, minimum, minute, moderate, modest, negligible, nomine, petty, reduced, scanty, simple, slight, small, superficial, symbolic, titular, titulary, token, trifling, trivial, unactual, unimportant, unsubstantial associated concepts: nominal capital, nominal consideration, nominal damages, nominal defendant, nominal owner, nominal parties, nominal plaintiff, nominal value II index immaterial, inconsiderable, negligible, null (insignificant), trivial

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Existing in name only, having no real presence; merely stated, not actually existing; so small as to be strictly symbolic.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Trifling, token, or slight; not real or substantial; in name only.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Trifling, token, or slight; not real or substantial; in name only.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.


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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 — 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 — When this term is used it means that the particulars given may not be as stated; for instance, 36 in. nominal may be 35 in. to 351/2 in., 32 s/40 s nominal may be 36 s/44 s …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 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

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