- marked by contact with disparate cultures, and acquiring some but not all the traits or values common to any one of them: The “marginal man” is one who is poised in psychological uncertainty between two or more worlds.
- isolated from and not fully accepted by the dominant society or culture, and as a consequence, frequently disadvantaged: An overarching desire exists to foster social inclusion of all marginal groups, including people with a mental illness.
- 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.
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His strikeout rate was a hair below 12 per nine innings, a marginal drop from the previous two seasons.Brad Hand thrived with lower velocity in 2020. With the Nats, he wants to bring back the heat.|Jesse Dougherty|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
The gains from smoothing out your pacing may be marginal, but at that level you have to look for every possible edge.
For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.Sick patients over 80 could be a COVID vaccine risk, Norwegian health officials warn|Katherine Dunn|January 15, 2021|Fortune
Reich saw several marginal decisions backfire, and there’s nothing he could do about that.What to know from NFL playoffs first round: Lamar Jackson wins and Tom Brady finds a way|Adam Kilgore|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
Art that is truly original—experimental, revolutionary, new—has always been a marginal affair.Art has been brutalized by tech’s giants. How can it survive?|Konstantin Kakaes|December 23, 2020|MIT Technology Review
It means to be all the things that the individuals he turns into storytellers on Snap naturally are, in all their marginality.
Now it is marginal - and what admiration it attracts, it attracts precisely because of its marginality.
A couple of weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street seemed destined for marginality.