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NOMINAL, adjective

1. Titular; existing in name only; as , a nominal distinction or difference is a difference in name and not in reality.

2. Pertaining to a name or names; consisting in names.

NOMINAL, noun The Nominalists were a sect of school philosophers, the disciples of Ocham or Ocdcam, in the 14th century, who maintained that words and not things are the object of dialectics. They were the founders of the university of Leipsic.