Nominal – 1. in name or thought but not in fact e.g. the "nominal" head of an organisation doesn't actually do the work 2. (in relation to money) insignificant in comparison to the expected
The Russian prime minister was nominated by all (nominal) the members of the political party but everyone knew that it was in name only. It was Putin who held the real power. So the prime minister would only get a small part of the usual remuneration.
Examples of nominal in a sentence (in name or thought but not in fact)
The king was only the nominal head of the land, his knights were the ones who really did the work.
She's the nominal head of our university, most of the work is done by the teachers.
By the king's request, he continued to hold the nominal command, although his actual service was over.
Examples of nominal in a sentence (insignificant in comparison to the expected)
Despite his enormous wealth, Pete is a self-centered individual who only donates a nominal sum to charity each year.
Even though my grandmother is well aware that her antique lamp is worth a nominal amount, she refuses to part with it.
The horse was sold for a nominal amount now it's racing career was over.