What does marginal mean?

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ˈmɑr dʒə nlmar·gin·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fringy, marginaladjective

    at or constituting a border or edge

    "the marginal strip of beach"

  2. borderline, marginaladjective

    of questionable or minimal quality

    "borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"

  3. bare(a), marginaladjective

    just barely adequate or within a lower limit

    "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"

  4. marginaladjective

    producing at a rate that barely covers production costs

    "marginal industries"


  1. Marginaladjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. marginal.]


  1. marginalnoun

    Something that is marginal.

  2. marginalnoun

    A constituency won with a small margin.

  3. marginaladjective

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

  4. marginaladjective

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marginaladjective

    of or pertaining to a margin

    Etymology: [Cf. F. marginal.]

  2. Marginaladjective

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

    Etymology: [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.”


  1. Marginal

    of, belonging to, or near the margin.

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

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  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

Examples of marginal in a Sentence

  1. Meg Schwenzfeier:

    We had a massive turnout in 2020, all these marginal voters who had not voted before, so the degree to which they stay in the electorate is the big question for me.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    The remedy for the stress & strain in life is to stay away from lady, love own good daddy, support marginal farmers growing any crops like paddy, befriend less number of people & only hearty buddy, listen to soulful music and watch only shy & simple person's comedy.

  3. Glenn Kelman:

    What I feel almost protective about, in this really sad elegiac way, is the Multiple Listing Services, scientists believe that the dinosaurs were living a very marginal existence when the asteroid hit. I think the ecosystem in real estate is already just extremely vulnerable.

  4. Channa Jayasena:

    Even if HRT increased the future risk of Alzheimer's, several years of treatment would be needed, and the effect is marginal, the results of this study should not change the way HRT is prescribed or viewed.

  5. Yulia Astrakhan:

    It was composed of sums that were donated from pensioners, working mothers or mothers on maternity leave and receiving marginal help from the government.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. tantamount
    • B. usurious
    • C. ostensive
    • D. repugnant

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