1. [ adjective ] relating to or constituting or bearing or giving a name

"the Russian system of nominal brevity" "a nominal lists of priests" "taxable males as revealed by the nominal rolls"

Related terms: name
2. [ adjective ] insignificantly small; a matter of form only
Synonyms: tokenish token

"the fee was nominal" "a token gesture of resistance" (`tokenish' is informal as in "a tokenish gesture")

Related terms: minimal
3. [ adjective ] (economics) being value in terms of specification on currency or stock certificates rather than purchasing power

"nominal or face value"

Related terms: real economics
4. [ adjective ] (grammar) pertaining to a noun or to a word group that functions as a noun

"nominal phrase" "noun phrase"

Related terms: grammar noun
5. [ adjective ] named; bearing the name of a specific person
Synonyms: nominative

"nominative shares of stock"

Related terms: specified
6. [ adjective ] being such in name only
Synonyms: titular

"the nominal (or titular) head of his party"

Related terms: formal
Similar spelling:   nominally