1 adj You use nominal to indicate that someone or something is supposed to have a particular identity or status, but in reality does not have it.
usu ADJ n
As he was still not allowed to run a company, his wife became its nominal head..., I was brought up a nominal Christian.
nominally adv ADV with cl/group, ADV before v
The Sultan was still nominally the Chief of Staff.
2 adj A nominal price or sum of money is very small in comparison with the real cost or value of the thing that is being bought or sold.
All the ferries carry bicycles free or for a nominal charge.
3 adj In economics, the nominal value, rate, or level of something is the one expressed in terms of current prices or figures, without taking into account general changes in prices that take place over time.
ADJ n (Antonym: real)
Inflation would be lower and so nominal rates would be rather more attractive in real terms...
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