at or constituting a border or edge
"the marginal strip of beach"
of questionable or minimal quality
"borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"
just barely adequate or within a lower limit
"a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"
producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
At the lower limit; barely sufficient; as, of marginal utility.
Origin: [Cf. F. marginal.]
Something that is marginal.
A constituency won with a small margin.
Of, relating to, or located at or near a margin or edge; also figurative usages of location and margin (edge).
Determined by a small margin; having a salient characteristic determined by a small margin.
of or pertaining to a margin
written or printed in the margin; as, a marginal note or gloss
Origin: [Cf. F. marginal.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[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.”
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Rank popularity for the word 'marginal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4200
Rank popularity for the word 'marginal' in Adjectives Frequency: #566
The numerical value of marginal in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of marginal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of marginal in a Sentence
In some cases, its only a marginal cost.
This (mobile services) will have a very marginal effect.
We have to make sure that we are not subsidizing marginal operations for long periods.
You're seeing deals three, four, five times oversubscribed and the same marginal pricing dynamics.
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
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Translations for marginal
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- baldío, adyacente, fronterizo, marginal, inferiorSpanish
- médiocre, marginal, voisin, périphérique, limitrophe, adjacent, pauvreFrench
- periférico, adjacente, fronteiriço, marginalPortuguese
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