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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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However, the rather small quantity of OBJECT nominals may not be representative for the German language in general, as newspapers seem to focus more on persons and incidents than on objects.
There are three tendencies to be observed in language change and language acquisition, namely a tendency toward more multilexemic versus monolexemic bases of the -er-suffix, a tendency toward more verbal versus nominal bases, and a tendency toward more PERSON concepts versus OBJECT concepts expressed by the -er-suffix.
Historically, the -er-suffix can be traced back to two different origins: first the Latin suffix -arius, which generated PERSON-denoting nouns out of nominal bases, and second, the Germanic suffix *-warja, which created names of origins out of geographic names.
Drei+er 'a bus with the number three (three+er)'), but we will restrict ourselves to the discussion of verbal and nominal bases in the following.
The formation of nouns with nominal bases, as opposed to verbal bases, is a structural option that is very old.
For Gothic, the claim that nominal bases outweigh verbal ones can be affirmed (Weinreich 1971).
The first tendency relates to the shift from a high proportion of nominal bases to an increasing number of verbal bases (cf.
If one compares the proportions of nominal and verbal bases in the historical corpora of Muller (1993), Brendel et al.
Of the six children who produced an -er-nominal, only two children aged 4;3 and 5;10 produced the nominal based Kekser 'cookie+er,' whereas five children produced a multilexemic verbal-based -er-nominal Keksesser/Keksfresser 'cookie eat+er' (3;3, 4;7, 5;10, 6;1) and Sussigkeitenesser 'sweets eat+er' (6;0).
75 times (out of a maximum of 3) the second part of the multilexemic based test items, but none explained the whole nominal.