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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: minutus, from minuere 'to make smaller'

minute

2 adjective
     
mi‧nute2
1 extremely small:
You only need a minute amount.
Her handwriting is minute.
2 paying careful attention to the smallest details:
a minute examination of the rock
He explained the plan in minute detail.
minutely adverb:
She studied the letter minutely.

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