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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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The Goethe corpus of Stricker (2000) gives five examples of EVENT nominals formed with the suffix -er out of a total of 1013 -er-nominals (i.
Apart from deverbal (3a) and denominal -er-nominalizations (3b), with nominal bases including geographic (3c) and person names (3d), we found -er-nominals with adjectives (3e), numerals (3f), and even prepositions (3g) as a base.
Because names are usually considered a subclass of nouns, deonomastic nominals are generally incorporated in the class of denominal ones (e.
Nominals with ambiguous bases (either nouns or verbs), as in (4a), as well as nominals generated out of word groups or phrases (4b) can be found in any period.
2, thus neglecting masculine (5a) and pleonastic marking (5b), as well as nominals with other than nominal or verbal bases (3e-3g), ambiguous -er-nominals (4a), and nominals with bound stems (4c).
First, we will look at the intransitive verbs erblinden and erbluhen and their corresponding -ung nominals Erblindung and *Erbluhung in the following contexts:
Thus, er-prefix verbs with a verb stem such as erglimmen `to begin to glow', ergluhen `to begin to redden', and erschallen `to ring out' generally do not allow the derivation of an -ung nominal, whereas those with an adjective stem such as erlahmen `become lame', ermatten `become exhausted', and erstarren `become stiff' regularly allow the derivation of -ung nominals.
Many ver-prefix verbs with a noun stem, such as verdunsten `to evaporate', vergletschern `to become glaciated', and vernarben `to become a scar', allow the derivation of -ung nominals like verkorken.
Next, we will consider the possibility of deriving -ung nominals from transitive prefix verbs.
Similarly, there are grammatical -ung derivations from ent-prefix verbs such as entladen `to unload', entharten `to soften', enterben `to disinherit', irrespective of whether the underlying stem is a noun, a verb or an adjective, whereas no -ung nominals are registered for ent-verbs such as entlaufen `to run away', entdunkeln `to remove darkness', and entbeinen `to bone'.