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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fringy, marginal(adj)

    at or constituting a border or edge

    "the marginal strip of beach"

  2. borderline, marginal(adj)

    of questionable or minimal quality

    "borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"

  3. bare(a), marginal(adj)

    just barely adequate or within a lower limit

    "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"

  4. marginal(adj)

    producing at a rate that barely covers production costs

    "marginal industries"


  1. Marginal(a.)

    At the lower limit; barely sufficient; as, of marginal utility.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. marginal.]


  1. marginal(Noun)

    Something that is marginal.

  2. marginal(Noun)

    A constituency won with a small margin.

  3. marginal(Adjective)

    Of, relating to, or located at or near a margin or edge; also figurative usages of location and margin (edge).

  4. marginal(Adjective)

    Determined by a small margin; having a salient characteristic determined by a small margin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marginal(adj)

    of or pertaining to a margin

  2. Marginal(adj)

    written or printed in the margin; as, a marginal note or gloss

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. marginal.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. marginal

    [common] 1. [techspeak] An extremely small change. “A marginal increase in core can decrease GC time drastically.” In everyday terms, this means that it is a lot easier to clean off your desk if you have a spare place to put some of the junk while you sort through it. 2. Of little merit. “This proposed new feature seems rather marginal to me.” 3. Of extremely small probability of winning. “The power supply was rather marginal anyway; no wonder it fried.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marginal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4200

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marginal' in Adjectives Frequency: #566


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marginal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marginal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jonathan Larsen:

    We have to make sure that we are not subsidizing marginal operations for long periods.

  2. William S. Burroughs:

    Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.

  3. Marko Mrsnik:

    These numbers may seem marginal but they aren't, they certainly would make deficit reduction somewhat slower.

  4. Deputy Chief Executive Isabelle Kocher:

    Nearly half of the capacity that we are developing is in renewables, which are not marginal but totally central for GDF Suez.

  5. Thierry Kesteloot:

    Maybe lower oil prices will allow us to get more aid to people, but its (impact) is quite marginal, i am not sure that 2015 will see a shift in terms of improving poverty and food security.

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Translations for marginal

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • هامشArabic
  • baldío, adyacente, fronterizo, marginal, inferiorSpanish
  • médiocre, marginal, voisin, périphérique, limitrophe, adjacent, pauvreFrench
  • marginaalDutch
  • periférico, adjacente, fronteiriço, marginalPortuguese
  • marginellSwedish

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