a. Smallest in amount or degree: The job's minimal qualifications are a BS with two years' experience in the field.
b. Small in amount or degree: a drug with minimal side effects; was able to walk with minimal discomfort.
c. Only barely adequate: insurance policies with minimal coverage for damage to the car.
2. often Minimal Of, relating to, or being minimalism.
min′i·mali·ty (-mălĭ-tē) n.
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