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MARGINAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does marginal mean? 

MARGINAL (adjective)
  The adjective MARGINAL has 6 senses:

1. at or constituting a border or edge
2. of questionable or minimal quality
3. of a bare living gained by great labor
4. just barely adequate or within a lower limit
5. producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
6. being close to a lower limit or or of lower class

  Familiarity information: MARGINAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MARGINAL (adjective)


Sense 1marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or constituting a border or edge

Synonyms:

fringy; marginal

Context example:

the marginal strip of beach

Similar:

peripheral (on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area)


Sense 2marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of questionable or minimal quality

Synonyms:

borderline; marginal

Context examples:

borderline grades / madj.allarginal writing ability

Similar:

minimal; minimum (the least possible)


Sense 3marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a bare living gained by great labor

Synonyms:

hardscrabble; marginal

Context examples:

the sharecropper's hardscrabble life / a marginal existence

Similar:

meager; meagerly; meagre; scrimpy; stingy (deficient in amount or quality or extent)


Sense 4marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Just barely adequate or within a lower limit

Synonyms:

marginal; bare

Context examples:

a bare majority / a marginal victory

Similar:

narrow (very limited in degree)


Sense 5marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Producing at a rate that barely covers production costs

Context examples:

marginal industries / marginal land

Similar:

unprofitable (producing little or no profit or gain)


Sense 6marginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being close to a lower limit or or of lower class

Context example:

marginal abilities

Similar:

disapproved (not approved)


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