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.

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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 marginal

marginal
/ (ˈmɑːdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

noun

politics, mainly British and NZ a marginal constituency

Derived forms of marginal

marginality (ˌmɑːdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ), nounmarginally, adverb
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Medical definitions for marginal

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.

Other words from marginal

mar′gin•ali•ty (-jə-nălĭ-tē) n.
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