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Definitions for borderline
ˈbɔr dərˌlaɪnbor·der·line

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boundary line, border, borderline, delimitation, meteadjective

    a line that indicates a boundary

  2. borderline, marginaladjective

    of questionable or minimal quality

    "borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"


  1. borderlinenoun

    A boundary or accepted division; a border.

    She lives on the borderline between reality and madness.

  2. borderlineadjective

    nearly; not clearly on one side or the other of a border or boundary, ambiguous.

  3. borderlineadjective

    Showing bad taste.

    Your borderline remarks about my aunt's dress destroyed my evening.


  1. Borderline

    Borderline is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her eponymous debut album Madonna (1983). It was released on February 15, 1984 by Sire Records as the album's fifth single. Written and composed by its producer Reggie Lucas, the song was remixed by Madonna's then-boyfriend John "Jellybean" Benitez. The singer used refined and expressive vocals to deliver lyrics about an unfulfilled love. Contemporary critics and authors applauded the song, calling it harmonically the most complex track from Madonna and praising its dance-pop nature. In the United States, "Borderline" became Madonna's first top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten in June 1984. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number two after it was re-released as a single in 1986. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 10 or 20 in numerous European nations, while topping the singles chart of Ireland. "Borderline" placed number 84 on Blender magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born," while Time included it on their critics list of "All-Time 100 Songs."


  1. borderline

    Borderline typically refers to something that is situated on the edge or boundary, or is barely acceptable or satisfactory. It can also refer to a state of uncertainty or ambiguity. In psychology, it refers to a personality disorder characterized by emotional instability, impulsivity, and interpersonal difficulties.


  1. Borderline

    "Borderline" is a song by American recording artist Madonna from her self-titled debut album. It was released on February 15, 1984 as the fifth single from the album, by Sire Records. Written and composed by producer Reggie Lucas, the song received remix treatment from Madonna's then boyfriend John "Jellybean" Benitez. She used a refined and expressive voice for the song. Its lyrics dealt with the subject of a love that is never fulfilled and was written as a rebellion against male chauvinism. Contemporary critics and authors applauded the song, calling it harmonically the most complex song from the Madonna album and complimenting the dance-pop nature of the song. "Borderline" became Madonna's first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at ten. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 20 of a number of European nations while peaking the singles chart of Ireland. The song was placed at 84 on Blender magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born", while Time included it on the critic list "All-Time 100 Songs". The accompanying music video portrayed Madonna with a Latin-American man as her boyfriend. She was enticed by a British photographer to pose and model for him, but later returned to her original boyfriend. The video generated interest amongst academics, who noted the use of power as symbolism in it. With the video, Madonna was credited for breaking the taboo of interracial relationships and was considered one of her career-making moments. The release of the video on MTV increased Madonna's popularity further. Madonna has performed the song on her Virgin Tour and the Sticky & Sweet Tour, where a punk-rock version of the song was performed. "Borderline" has been covered by a number of artists, including Duffy, Jody Watley, Counting Crows and The Flaming Lips.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of borderline in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of borderline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of borderline in a Sentence

  1. Howard Archer:

    We currently believe it is borderline as to whether the Bank of England starts to raise interest rates at the end of this year or holds fire until early 2016.

  2. Mahmoud Abbas:

    We need the economy and we need the money. And practically, we need aid, but before everything, there should be a political solution. When there is a political solution, when we see a state of Palestine along the 1967 borderline, then we can say' Dear world, come to assist, we are ready to receive assistance.'.

  3. Rami Ismail:

    It was an incredibly bittersweet ending with tremendous room for interpretation and conversation, from what we've seen so far,' The Last of Us II' does not seem to hold any punches, and once again showcases the improbable level of craft and borderline unhealthy levels of effort by its creators.

  4. Sheila Caldwell:

    Take my own case. I took my borderline screening results from before my heart attack at age 50, but my heart age was like 63, within a few years of doing everything we tell people to do prevent the disease, I took the screening and the heart age assessment again and at age 54… my heart age was 53. Think about that. I added 10 years to my life.

  5. Sierra Peters-Buckland:

    I followed the case borderline obsessively. Gabby had devastating and heartbreaking bad luck, but, vanlife did not kill Gabby, traveling did not kill Gabby, the national parks did not kill Gabby. A person killed Gabby.

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