[mahr-juh-nl] /ˈmɑr dʒə nl/
pertaining to a margin.
situated on the border or edge.
at the outer or lower limits; minimal for requirements; almost insufficient:
marginal subsistence; marginal ability.
written or printed in the margin of a page:
a marginal note.
Sociology. marked by contact with disparate cultures, and acquiring some but not all the traits or values common to any one of them.
of, in, on, or constituting a margin
close to a limit, esp a lower limit: marginal legal ability
not considered central or important; insignificant, minor, small
(economics) relating to goods or services produced and sold at the margin of profitability: marginal cost
(politics, mainly Brit & NZ) of or designating a constituency in which elections tend to be won by small margins: a marginal seat
designating agricultural land on the margin of cultivated zones
(economics) relating to a small change in something, such as total cost, revenue, or consumer satisfaction
(politics, mainly Brit & NZ) a marginal constituency
1570s, “written on the margin,” from Medieval Latin marginalis, from Latin margo (see margin). Sense of “of little effect or importance” first recorded 1887. Related: Marginally.
marginal mar·gin·al (mär’jə-nəl)
mar’gin·al’i·ty (-jə-nāl’ĭ-tē) n.
- Marginal note
noun See side note
- Marginal probability
noun 1. (statistics) (in a multivariate distribution) the probability of one variable taking a specific value irrespective of the values of the others
- Marginal rate
noun in progressive tax, the increasing tax rate paid on income as it rises; tax rates levied on different levels of income
noun 1. water that lies alongside a state, falls under its authority, and extends about 3½ statute miles (6 kilometers) from the coast.