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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
minor (adjective)
1.
inferior in importance, size, or degree comparatively unimportant
2.
not having reached majority
3.
a) having half steps between the second and third, the fifth and sixth, and sometimes the seventh and eighth degrees - minor scale
b) based on a minor scale - minor key
c) less by a semitone than the corresponding major interval - minor third
d) having a minor third above the root - minor triad
4.
not serious or involving risk to life - minor illness
5.
of or relating to an academic subject requiring fewer courses than a major
minor (noun)
1.
a person who is not yet old enough to have the rights of an adult
2.
a minor musical interval, scale, key, or mode
3.
a) a minor academic subject
b) a student taking a specified minor
4.
a determinant or matrix obtained from a given determinant or matrix by eliminating the row and column in which a given element lies
5.
minor league baseball - used with the
minor (verb)
intransitive verb
to take courses in a minor subject
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
minor (adjective)
1.
having not so great importance or rank as another
SYNONIMS:
inferior, junior, less, lower, minor, smaller, subordinate
RELATED WORDS:
little, mean, small; minute, petty; jerkwater, one-horse, second-class, second-rate, two-bit; associate, auxiliary, secondary, subsidiary
NEAR ANTONYMS:
choice, exceptional, first-class, first-rate
greater, higher, major, more, primary, prime, senior, superior, superordinate
minor (adjective)
2.
of little or less value or merit
SYNONIMS:
mean, minor, secondary, second-class, second-rate
RELATED WORDS:
junior, lesser, lower, low-level, petty, smaller, subordinate, under; average, common, fair, middling, ordinary; amiss, bad, defective, unsatisfactory, wrong; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable; littler, slighter, smaller; jerkwater, low-rent, one-horse, small-time, two-bit
NEAR ANTONYMS:
major, more, primary, senior; choice, exceptional, first-class, first-rate, high-grade, premium, prime, select, selected; acceptable, adequate, sufficient
greater, higher, superior
minor (adjective)
3.
lacking importance
SYNONIMS:
fiddling, foolish, frivolous, incidental, inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, little, Mickey Mouse, minor, minute, negligible, nugatory, slight, small, small-fry, trifling, trivial
RELATED WORDS:
jerkwater, one-horse; nickel-and-dime, paltry, petty, small-time, worthless; anonymous, nameless, obscure, uncelebrated, unknown
NEAR ANTONYMS:
decisive, fatal, fateful; chief, dominant, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, principal; distinctive, exceptional, impressive, outstanding, prominent, remarkable; valuable, worthwhile, worthy; distinguished, eminent, great, illustrious, preeminent, prestigious; famous, notorious, renowned; all-important, basic, essential, fundamental, key
big, consequential, eventful, important, major, material, meaningful, momentous, significant, substantial, unfrivolous, weighty
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