- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of marginally
Yet, Arkansas had been marginally healthier than the states surrounding it.Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming
November 10, 2014
Those drugs cost around $5,000 a week but are only marginally effective.How to Make Doctors Irrelevant
April 23, 2014
There are other survivors who live in marginally better conditions.China Propagandizes Rape Of Nanjing Survivors
December 29, 2013
But not the ATF, which now receives only marginally more than it did in 2000 adjusted for inflation.Free the ATF From the Gun Lobby
June 11, 2013
The curriculum has become only marginally less Eurocentric since then.For My Money, I'll Take the Al-Kuwaitis
May 6, 2013
Historical Examples of marginally
The less useful (marginally viewed) is traded for the more useful.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
Much that Albanian sources have claimed as newly arable almost certainly is marginally so.Area Handbook for Albania
Eugene K. Keefe
Such Quotations of Places to be marginally set down, as shall serve for the fit reference of one Scripture to another.Lectures on Bible Revision
The variety of design experiences is only marginally controlled by design principles.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The EU's thinking was mainly economic and marginally geopolitical (though it was presented differently).After the Rain
- 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
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.