De-minimis definition

də mĭnə-mĭs
Of little importance; insignificant.
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Concerning things that are so minor as to be negligible, trivial or trifling. Often used to describe exemptions in government rules and regulations.

The tax is not payable on amounts below the de minimis limit of £100 per year.

The de minimis rules on import duty mean that alcohol for personal consumption is exempt from any charge.

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Origin of de-minimis

  • From Latin dē minimīs (nōn cūrat lēx) (the law does not concern itself) with trifling matters of, about minimīs ablative pl. of minimum smallest (thing), least (thing) neuter of minimus smallest, least minimum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin, de + minimis, ablative of minimus (“smallest, least")

    From Wiktionary