- selling goods at a price that just equals the additional cost of producing the last unit supplied.
- of or relating to goods produced and marketed at margin: marginal profits.
Origin of marginal
Related Words for marginalnegligible, minor, minimal, insignificant, bordering, low, peripheral, small, rimming
Examples from the Web for marginal
Contemporary Examples of marginal
Coping with drought and marginal soils was a continual struggle.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Even those who did fight against the Russians played only a marginal role in determining the outcome of the war.Syria’s Terror Blowback Threatens Europe and the United States
May 5, 2014
The marginal rate of taxation applies much more heavily on the secondary wage.
ISIS grew from a marginal player controlling only one out of 56 neighborhoods in September 2013, to dominate 12 by December.Aleppo Conflict Map Shows Assad’s Control By Neighborhood
David Kilcullen, Nate Rosenblatt
March 10, 2014
But no one should mistake a marginal nudge with a substantial achievement.Can Obama Do Anything to Fight Inequality Without Congress?
January 7, 2014
Historical Examples of marginal
Bunyan says in a marginal note, that by this palace he means the heart.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Paul's marginal note to this is, "Compare Browning's 'Prospice.'"War Letters of a Public-School Boy
It is a copy of 'Clavigo,' with Herder's marginal suggestions.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
According to Mr. Howes, there were no marginal imprints of any kind.The Stamps of Canada
He assisted her through the marginal underwood and down to the stones.A Pair of Blue Eyes
1570s, "written on the margin," from Medieval Latin marginalis, from Latin margo (see margin). Sense of "of little effect or importance" first recorded 1887. Related: Marginally.