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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.


adjective cheap, cut-rate, hardly worth mention, honorary, in name only, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, low, low-priced, meager, minimum, minute, moderate, modest, nomine, petty, reduced, scanty, simple, slight, small, superficial, symbolic, titular, titulary, token, trifling, trivial, unactual, unimportant, unsubstantial
Associated concepts: nominal capital, nominal consideraaion, nominal damages, nominal defendant, nominal owner, nominal parties, nominal plaintiff, nominal value
See also: immaterial, inconsiderable, insignificant, negligible, null, trivial

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.

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Food will be provided by Taqueria Parientes and United Mothers for Santa Clarita at a nominal fee.
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It's a very convenient system and we think it's appropriate for noncustomers to pay a nominal fee for the privilege of using the system,'' said Russ Yarrow, a Bank of America spokesman.
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Instead, Buffett - whose stock now trades at $35,500 a share - may tell investors through advertisements that the new shares are available from local brokers, who would be paid a nominal fee, the people said.
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