verb (used with object), mar·gin·al·ized, mar·gin·al·iz·ing.

to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power: the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

1974, from marginalize + -ation.



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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