Definitions for marginalˈmɑr dʒə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mar•gin•alˈmɑr dʒə nl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to a margin.

  2. situated on a border, edge, or fringe.

  3. at the lower limits; minimal for requirements:

    marginal ability.

  4. written or printed in the margin of a page.

  5. insignificant; minor:

    a marginal improvement.

  6. having contact with two or more cultural groups but not fully accepted in any of them.

    Category: Sociology

  7. selling goods at a price that just equals the additional cost of producing the last unit supplied. of or pertaining to goods produced and marketed at margin:

    marginal profits.

    Category: Business

Origin of marginal:

1570–80; < ML marginālis


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(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

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

Anagrams of marginal

  1. alarming

Translations for marginal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


small and almost non-existent or unimportant

a marginal improvement.

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