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marginalize

[mahr-juh-nl-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), mar·gin·al·ized, mar·gin·al·iz·ing.
  1. to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power: the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.
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Also especially British, mar·gin·al·ise.

Origin of marginalize

1825–35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
Related formsmar·gin·al·i·za·tion, noun
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marginalize

marginalise

verb
  1. (tr) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportantvarious economic assumptions marginalize women
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Derived Formsmarginalization or marginalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for marginalized

marginalize

v.

1832, "to make marginal notes," from marginal + -ize. The meaning "force into a position of powerlessness" attested by 1929. Related: Marginalized; marginalizing.

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