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Definition 1: of questionable or minimal quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where marginal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • borderline grades
  • marginal writing ability

Synonyms for marginal in the sense of this definition

(marginal is similar to ...) the least possible

"needed to enforce minimal standards" "her grades were minimal" "minimum wage" "a minimal charge for the service"

Definition 2: just barely adequate or within a lower limit - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where marginal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bare majority
  • a marginal victory

Synonyms for marginal in the sense of this definition

(marginal is similar to ...) very limited in degree

"won by a narrow margin" "a narrow escape"

Definition 3: at or constituting a border or edge - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where marginal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the marginal strip of beach

Synonyms for marginal in the sense of this definition

(marginal is similar to ...) on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary; the outer area

"Russia's peripheral provinces" "peripheral suburbs"

Definition 4: producing at a rate that barely covers production costs - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where marginal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • marginal industries

(marginal is similar to ...) producing little or no profit or gain

"deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"

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