- pertaining to a margin.
- situated on the border or edge.
- at the outer or lower limits; minimal for requirements; almost insufficient: marginal subsistence; marginal ability.
- written or printed in the margin of a page: a marginal note.
- Sociology. marked by contact with disparate cultures, and acquiring some but not all the traits or values common to any one of them.
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- of, in, on, or constituting a margin
- close to a limit, esp a lower limitmarginal legal ability
- not considered central or important; insignificant, minor, small
- economics relating to goods or services produced and sold at the margin of profitabilitymarginal cost
- politics, mainly British and NZ of or designating a constituency in which elections tend to be won by small marginsa marginal seat
- designating agricultural land on the margin of cultivated zones
- economics relating to a small change in something, such as total cost, revenue, or consumer satisfaction
- politics, mainly British and NZ a marginal constituency
Word Origin and History for marginal
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.
- Of, relating to, located at, or constituting a margin, a border, or an edge.
- Marginally within a lower standard or limit of quality.
- Relating to or located at the fringe of consciousness.