1(of a role or status) existing in name only:Thailand retained nominal independence under Japanese military occupation
of, relating to, or consisting of names.
Grammar relating to, headed by, or having the function of a noun.
2(of a price or amount of money) very small; far below the real value or cost:some firms charge only a nominal fee for the service
3(of a quantity or dimension, especially of manufactured articles) stated or expressed but not necessarily corresponding exactly to the real value:legislation allowed variation around the nominal weight (that printed on each packet)
Economics (of a rate or other figure) expressed in terms of a certain amount, without making allowance for changes in real value over time:the nominal exchange rate
4 informal (chiefly in the context of space travel) functioning normally or acceptably.
late 15th century (as a term in grammar): from Latin nominalis, from nomen, nomin- 'name'