nominal Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"nominal" in American English

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nominaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈnɑm·ə·nəl/

nominal adjective [not gradable] (NOT IN REALITY)

in ​name or ​thought, but not in ​reality: He’s the nominal ​head of the ​university.

nominal adjective [not gradable] (SMALL)

(of a ​sum of ​money) very ​smallcompared to an ​expectedprice or ​value: There is a nominal ​fee for the ​workshop.
(Definition of nominal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"nominal" in British English

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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 ​ourcollege - the ​realwork is done by her ​deputy.

nominal adjective (SMALL)

A nominal ​amount of ​money is very ​smallcompared to an ​expectedprice or ​value: a nominal ​sum/​charge For a nominal ​fee, they will ​deliverorders to ​customers' ​homes.

nominal adjective (GRAMMAR)

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

"nominal" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈnɒmɪnəl/
very ​small, or ​smaller than the usual ​amount: The ​hoteldevelopers will ​lease the ​land for a nominal ​fee . We ​pay our ​volunteers a nominal ​amount. The ​costsincurred to ​activate the new ​service would be nominal.
used to describe something that is said to be a particular thing, but is not actually that thing: Although he has ​retired, the ​company is still under his nominal ​control. He regarded this ​responsibility as purely nominal.
ECONOMICS a nominal ​amountrelates to ​prices or ​rates that are ​correct at the ​presenttime but do not show the ​effect of ​inflation: Merchandise ​imports have ​expanded significantly faster than ​worldtrade in both real and nominaldollarvalues.
(Definition of nominal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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