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Dictionary definition for: Marginal

1. (s) at or constituting a border or edge; "the marginal strip of beach"

2. (s) of questionable or minimal quality; "borderline grades" "marginal writing ability"

3. (s) of a bare living gained by great labor; "the sharecropper''s hardscrabble life" "a marginal existence"

4. (s) just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare majority" "a marginal victory"

5. (s) producing at a rate that barely covers production costs; "marginal industries" "marginal land"

6. (s) of something or someone close to a lower limit or lower class; "marginal abilities"

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