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From Old English tācen, from Proto-Germanic *taiknam. Cognate with Dutch teken, German Zeichen, Swedish tecken.

token (comparative more token, superlative most token)

Positive
token

Comparative
more token

Superlative
most token


  1. Something or someone serving as an expression of something else.
    It was a mere token payment. He still owes us.
  2. Done as an indication or a pledge; perfunctory, minimal or merely symbolic.
    He made a token tap on the brake pedal at the stop sign.
    • 1927, Arthur Robert Burns, Money and Monetary Policy in Early Times, page 393
      If the as had been reduced to a token in 240 BC, it was now a little more token than before.
    • 2000, Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, Page 176
      There are still many churches where the participation of women is token.
    • 2008, Adrian Blomfield, The Daily Telegraph, Has Russia got a new Stalin?, March 31, 2008
      Just to be on the safe side, the The Kremlin has also banned any of Putin’s serious critics from standing. Three unelectable misfits have been allowed to mount token challenges.

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