by a minimal, insignificant, or almost insufficient amount: This student routinely submits work of substandard or marginally acceptable quality.Pork exports in May were marginally higher compared with the previous year.
at a barely adequate level: The shelter offers shower and laundry facilities for homeless and marginally housed adults.
in the margin of a page: It is obvious that Jack London read these books, as they are marked, underlined, and marginally annotated.
on the border of something: On the wings of butterflies, marginally located contrastive markings create false edges, helping to decrease detection by predators.
- su·per·mar·gin·al·ly, adverb
- trans·mar·gin·al·ly, adverb
- un·mar·gin·al·ly, adverb
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How to use marginally in a sentence
If hitchhiking was marginal before the virus, now the idea of letting a stranger into the car seems utterly outlandish.Thumbs up for three new books that capture hitchhiking’s adventurous spirit | Jen Rose Smith | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
So my tax rate is pretty much the highest federal marginal rate.Susan Collins Backed Down From a Fight with Private Equity. Now They’re Underwriting Her Reelection. | by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Theodoric Meyer, Politico | October 29, 2020 | ProPublica
What’s more, currently marginal use cases such as notifying you about nearby friends could become dominant.
There was also a marginal increase in particulate matter in 59 other counties without early shutdowns, but the findings were not conclusive.The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths | by Lisa Song and Lylla Younes | October 21, 2020 | ProPublica
For clarity, our simple analysis is different than the cost-per-vote metric used by some campaign strategists, which is the likelihood of changing an election outcome with a marginal vote.
Democrats faired marginally better in the study, ringing in at 31 percent.
Yet, Arkansas had been marginally healthier than the states surrounding it.Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming | Monica Potts | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Those drugs cost around $5,000 a week but are only marginally effective.
There are other survivors who live in marginally better conditions.
Tempted by the second helping of cake, the only-marginally-reduced Jimmy Choos, or the bouncy intern who really “gets” you?
Wandering marginally through distinguished gatherings, I would catch the whispers: "That's Mr. Ponderevo!"Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
Such quotations of places to be marginally set down as shall serve for the fit reference of one Scripture to another.
The less useful (marginally viewed) is traded for the more useful.The Principles of Economics | Frank A. Fetter
He was chewing on an unlit cigarette, a disgusting habit that was only marginally less gross than smoking them.Makers | Cory Doctorow
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 | Samuel Newth