Definition of marginal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːdʒɪnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrdʒɪnl//
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  1. 1small and not important synonym slight a marginal improvement in weather conditions The story will only be of marginal interest to our readers. The difference between the two estimates is marginal.
  2. 2not part of a main or important group or situation marginal groups in society Welsh was considered a marginal language.
  3. 3 (politics, especially British English) won or lost by a very small number of votes and therefore very important or interesting as an indication of public opinion a marginal seat/constituency
  4. 4[only before noun] written in the margin of a page marginal notes/comments
  5. 5(of land) that cannot produce enough good crops to make a profit
  6. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from medieval Latin marginalis, from margo, margin- ‘edge’.Extra examples Their campaign targeted marginal constituencies. There has been a marginal improvement in weather conditions. They risk losing key marginal seats at the next election.

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