marginal marginal  /ˈmɑr dʒə nəl/


  1. (adj) at or constituting a border or edge
  2. (adj) of questionable or minimal quality
  3. (adj) just barely adequate or within a lower limit
  4. (adj) producing at a rate that barely covers production costs


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  1. The marginal product has accurately reflected hard economic times in the past.
  2. I have tried to remove the marginal tax rates be it at the lowest end or the highest end.
  3. Yet in most cases the increases have been marginal.


  1. Switzerland Retailing Industry Reviewed by Euromonitor International in Insightful Report Now Available at ...

    In 2012, the Swiss retailing market registered marginal decline owing to such factors as unemployment and unfavorable economic conditions in the neighboring European countries which made consumers more conservative with their shopping.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. US equities experience soft opening, Dow below 15,000 (New York) - The US stock market notched marginal declines Thursday at the opening,... For more information, read our latest forex news.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Forex Market

  3. Movie Review: ‘20 Feet From Stardom’ Explores World of Backup Singers

    The documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "Maybe there's still some wariness about politicians are able to come up with a compromise and act sufficiently quickly" on a stimulus package, Cohen said. "I think the impact would be marginal anyway."
    on Jan 20, 2008 By: David Cohen Source: Forbes

  2. In statement Raju said: "What started as a marginal gap between actual operating profit and the one reflected in the books of accounts continued to grow over the years." "It has attained unmanageable proportions as the size of the company...
    on Jan 7, 2009 By: Ramalinga Raju Source: CITY A.M.

  3. "It's a mean course," Jim Furyk said after a 75 put him at 6-over 146. "Rarely do you hit a marginal shot and get away with it. And oftentimes, you hit a pretty darn good shot and it doesn't turn out well."
    on Jun 15, 2007 By: Jim Furyk Source: Forbes

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