The problem of eigenvalue assignment in a linear time-invariant system using output feedback is considered. New sufficient conditions are derived to assign an almost arbitrary set of minimum (n,m r - 1) distinct eigenvalues where n, m, and r are the number of states, inputs, and outputs, respectively. These conditions precisely identify the class of systems where such an assignment is impossible. The synthesis technique also highlights the freedom in selection of closed-loop eigenvectors under output feedback. The utility of eigenvalue/eigenvector assignment in transient response shaping is illustrated by the design of a controller for the lateral dynamics of an aircraft.