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noun (plural minima /-mə/ or minimums) [usually in singular]
the least or smallest amount or quantity possible, attainable, or required:technical difficulties have been kept to a minimum they checked passports with the minimum of fuss the lowest or smallest amount of a varying quantity (e.g., temperature) allowed, attained, or recorded:clients with a minimum of $500,000 to invest winter minima of -40 ° C have been recorded Mathematics a point at which a continuously varying quantity ceases to decrease and begins to increase; the value of a quantity at such a point.
smallest or lowest:this can be done with the minimum amount of effort
The plural of minimum
can be spelled either minima
(as in the original Latin) or minimums