- 1(Of a role or status) existing in name only: Thailand retained nominal independence under Japanese military occupationMore example sentences
- The government plays a nominal role in dictating policy because it cannot monitor local fisheries or enforce fisheries regulations.
- There are then individuals for whom religion plays only a nominal role in constructing a sense of self and of group membership.
- It controlled Cuba even after its nominal independence from 1902, and gained sovereignty over the Panama Canal in 1903.
- 1.1Relating to or consisting of names: the streets have names like Third Avenue, but the resemblance to Manhattan is only nominal a nominal roll of the Grenadier Company shows a total of 86 menMore example sentences
- First, check that your name is on the nominal roll.
- This was made possible by the Department of Veteran's decision to construct a nominal roll of all who served in the Australian Forces during World War Two.
- A nominal roll of all participants will be included.
- 2(Of a price or charge) very small; far below the real value or cost: they charge a nominal fee for the serviceMore example sentences
- While the charges are nominal at government health establishments, often the cost of the medicine they prescribe is steep, especially for the poor.
- Office space will be rented out at nominal prices to IT firms.
- If a nominal charge was introduced to defray the cost, I don't think too many people would complain.
- 3(Of a quantity or dimension) stated or expressed but not necessarily corresponding exactly to the real value: EU legislation allowed variation around the nominal weight (that printed on each packet)More example sentences
- All of these are nominal dimensions and we have to remember that there are always some tolerance spreads in brass.
- Using the Friction Loss Chart as described above, the minimum nominal size of the main line is 3/4 inch.
- We agree that the road runs straight as it passes through the scene and has a nominal width of around 6 metres.
- 3.1 Economics Expressed in terms of current prices or figures, without making allowance for changes over time: the nominal exchange rateMore example sentences
- In spite of the existing low nominal interest rates, the real interest rates in the economy are still high, and also the credit off-take is low.
- This is borne out by several studies that concur in stating real and nominal rates ‘are leading indicators of future output.’
- During the transition, inflation would lower real rates; nominal rates would adjust incompletely.
- 4 Grammar Relating to or functioning as a noun: a nominal groupMore example sentences
- One tends to think of participants in a process as nominal entities designated by noun phrases.
- Similar are sentences in which a pronoun or noun phrase with general reference is used instead of the nominal relative clause.
- It is however a noun and ‘after’ clauses are nominal.
- 5 • informal (Chiefly in the context of space travel) functioning normally or acceptably.More example sentences
- Spacecraft operations engineers take control of the satellite after it separates from the launch vehicle up to the time when the satellite is safely positioned in its final nominal orbit.
- Since injection into orbit the spacecraft's behaviour has been nominal.
- They are supplying ‘mission control’ with a steady stream of valuable data and all systems are nominal.
- [sentence adverb]: he refused, nominally on health groundsMore example sentences
- The book is nominally about a circus that comes to a small, anonymous, Hungarian town.
- When he was picked, Idei was nominally fifteenth in line among Sony executives for the top spot.
- The churches, even those nominally run by male clergy, have long since been turned over to women.
late 15th century (as a term in grammar): from Latin nominalis, from nomen, nomin- 'name'.