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min·i·mal / ˈminəməl/ • adj. 1. of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree; negligible: a minimal amount of information production costs are minimal. 2. Art characterized by the use of simple or primary forms or structures, esp. geometric or massive ones. ∎  Mus. characterized by the repetition and gradual alteration of short phrases. 3. Linguistics (of a pair of forms) distinguished by only one feature: “p” and “b” are a minimal pair, distinguished by the feature of voicing. DERIVATIVES: min·i·mal·ly adv.