Definition of Marginal in English :

Define Marginal in English

Marginal meaning in English

Meaning of Marginal in English

Pronunciation of Marginal in English

Marginal pronunciation in English

Pronounce Marginal in English


see synonyms of marginal


1. fringy, marginal

at or constituting a border or edge

Example Sentences:
'the marginal strip of beach'

2. borderline, marginal

of questionable or minimal quality

Example Sentences:
'borderline grades'
'marginal writing ability'

3. bare, marginal

just barely adequate or within a lower limit

Example Sentences:
'a bare majority'
'a marginal victory'

4. marginal

producing at a rate that barely covers production costs

Example Sentences:
'marginal industries'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of marginal
of, in, on, or constituting a margin
close to a limit, esp a lower limit
marginal legal ability
not considered central or important; insignificant; minor; small
4. economics
relating to goods or services produced and sold at the margin of profitability
marginal cost
5. politics, mainly British and New Zealand
of or designating a constituency in which elections tend to be won by small margins
a marginal seat
designating agricultural land on the margin of cultivated zones
7. economics
relating to a small change in something, such as total cost, revenue, or consumer satisfaction
8. politics, mainly British and New Zealand
a marginal constituency

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see synonyms of marginal
written or printed in the margin of a page or sheet
of or constituting a margin
at, on, or close to the margin or border
close to a margin or limit, esp. a lower limit
a marginal standard of living
limited; minimal
5.  Economics
on the border between being profitable and nonprofitable
a marginal business, marginal land
of or from goods produced and sold at margin
marginal costs, marginal profits

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of marginal
1. Of, relating to, located at, or constituting a margin, a border, or an edge: the marginal strip of beach; a marginal issue that had no bearing on the election results.
2. Being adjacent geographically: states marginal to Canada.
3. Written or printed in the margin of a book: marginal notes.
4. Barely within a lower standard or limit of quality: marginal writing ability; eked out a marginal existence.
5. Economics
a. Having to do with enterprises that produce goods or are capable of producing goods at a rate that barely covers production costs.
b. Relating to commodities thus manufactured and sold.
6. Psychology Relating to or located at the fringe of consciousness.
One that is considered to be at a lower or outer limit, as of social acceptability: "is fascinated by marginals, by people who live on the edge of society" (Dan Yakir).

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