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nominal

adjective uk   /ˈnɒm.ɪ.nəl/ us    /ˈnɑː.mə-/

nominal adjective (NOT REALLY)

in name or thought but not in fact or not as things really are: She's the nominal head of our college - the real work is done by her deputy.

nominal adjective (SMALL)

A nominal amount of money is very small compared to an expected price or value: a nominal sum/charge For a nominal fee, they will deliver orders to customers' homes.

nominal adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language relating to a noun
nominally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
The province is nominally independent.
(Definition of nominal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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