fractional frac‧tion‧al [ˈfrækʆnəl] adjective
1. a fractional amount, change, gain etc is very small:

• July's Consumer Price Index was 231.2, a fractional change from the 231 index reported in June.

• While blue-chip stocks ended lower, the broader market held onto fractional gains.

— fractionally adverb :

• Revenue for the period fell fractionally to $22,056,000 from $22,722,000.

2. related to part of a larger whole:

• Harvesting crops is only a fractional part of the whole farming process.

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fractional UK US /ˈfrækʃənəl/ adjective
very small: »

However, the stock only suffered a fractional loss that day.

[before noun] forming only a part of something: »

Shareholders are entitled to a fractional vote.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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