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Trifling, token, or slight; not real or substantial; in name only.

Nominal capital, for example, refers to extremely small or negligible funds, the use of which in a particular business is incidental.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

NOMINAL. Relating to a name.
     2. A nominal plaintiff is one in whose name an action is brought, for the use of another. In this case, the nominal plaintiff has no control over the action, nor is he responsible for costs. 1 Dall. 1 39; 2 Watts, R. 12.
     3. A nominal partner is one, who, without having an actual interest in the profits of a concern, allows his name to be used, or agrees that it shall be continued therein, as a partner; such nominal partner is clearly liable to the creditors of the firm, as a general partner, although the creditors were ignorant at the time of dealing, that his name was used.. 2 H. Bl. 242, 246; 1 Esp. R. 31; 2 Campb. 302; 16 East, R. 174; 2 B. & C. 411.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Some recently amended seismic codes now demand structural peer review: The owner or developer must pay a nominal fee of $3,000 to $5,000 to a structural engineering firm to check the original structural calculations.
The President's Committee has copies of the "Project Employ" kit, including a videotape for use in meeting with employers, available for a nominal fee. The committee can be reached at (202) 376-6200.
The clinics would charge only a nominal fee to represent taxpayers in disputes with IRS, or to provide Federal income tax information to individuals for whom English is not the primary language.
The holiday camp, a product of the Kraft durch Freude (KdF) - 'Strength Through Joy' - campaign, was designed to provide every German worker with the opportunity to enjoy two weeks of holiday for a nominal fee of two marks per day.
FAISALABAD -- University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has offered 14 short courses for girls at nominal fee. According to UAF sources, the courses include: Cutting, Stitching and Dress Making, Dress Designing, Painting, Cooking, Dough Flower Making, Rug Making, Fashion and Textile Designing, Beautician Course, Paper Quelling, Bag Clutch Making, Industrial Stitching, Mehndi Designing, Graphic Designing and Archy Karhai.
Derelict buildings on several streets in Stoke, Staffordshire are being sold for a nominal fee in a bid to clean up the town's crime rates and reinvigorate the area.
"Tim, 32, will move to the Red Bulls for a nominal fee, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
Why can't my family get a three-month visa for a nominal fee instead of paying BD10 for the first month and a ridiculous BD40 for anything after that up to three months.
No experience is necessary as training is given by professional voice coaches for a nominal fee.
He moved a motion before the town council that for a nominal fee the local authority should make the Market House available for the events.
The 21-year-old former Sochaux B player has a year to run on his contract with French Second Division side Creteil but is believed to be available for a nominal fee.
The Swans have agreed a nominal fee with St Johnstone for Scotland's release as he was under contract until August 24.