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Meaning of MARGINAL

Pronunciation:  'mârjunl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of a bare living gained by great labor; "the sharecropper's hardscrabble life"; "a marginal existence"
  2. [adj]  at or constituting a border or edge; "the marginal strip of beach"
  3. [adj]  of questionable or minimal quality; "borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"
  4. [adj]  producing at a rate that barely covers production costs; "marginal industries"; "marginal land"
  5. [adj]  just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"

MARGINAL is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: bare(a), borderline, edge(a), fringe(a), fringy, hardscrabble, meager, meagerly, meagre, minimal, minimum, narrow, peripheral, unprofitable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mar"gin*al\, a. [Cf. F. marginal.]
1. Of or pertaining to a margin.

2. Written or printed in the margin; as, a marginal note or

Computing Dictionary

1. Extremely small. "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 extremely small 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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Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Occurring at or very close to the margin.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bordering, borderline, boundary, bounding, coastal, determinant, determinative, determining, disputable, doubtful, dubious, extreme, fringing, frontier, inferior, infinitesimal, insignificant, limbic, liminal, limit, limiting, littoral, low-priority, minimal, negligible, no great shakes, of no account, of no consequence, of no matter, of no significance, on the edge, questionable, rimming, secondary, skirting, slight, small, terminal, threshold, tiny, unimportant