marginal

[ mahr-juh-nl ]
/ ˈmɑr dʒə nl /

adjective

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.
Economics.
  1. selling goods at a price that just equals the additional cost of producing the last unit supplied.
  2. of or relating to goods produced and marketed at margin: marginal profits.

Nearby words

  1. margin account,
  2. margin call,
  3. margin line,
  4. margin of safety,
  5. margin plank,
  6. marginal cost,
  7. marginal costing,
  8. marginal gyrus,
  9. marginal man,
  10. marginal probability

Origin of marginal

First recorded in 1570–80, marginal is from the Medieval Latin word marginālis of, pertaining to an edge. See margin, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for marginally

marginal

/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

noun

politics, mainly British and NZ a marginal constituency
Derived Formsmarginality (ˌmɑːdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ), nounmarginally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for marginally

marginal

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for marginally

marginal

[ märjə-nəl ]

adj.

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.
Related formsmar′gin•ali•ty (-jə-nălĭ-tē) n.


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