Word forms: marginals
1. graded adjective & adjective If you describe something as marginal, you mean that it is small or not very important. ⇒ This is a marginal improvement on October. ⇒ The role of the opposition party proved marginal. 2. graded adjective & adjective If you describe people as marginal, you mean that they are not involved in the main events or developments in society because they are poor or have no power. ⇒ The tribunals were established for the well-integrated members of society and not for marginal individuals. ⇒ I don't want to call him marginal, but he's not a major character. 3. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
A marginal is a marginal seat. [British] ⇒ The votes in the marginals are those that really count. ⇒ The coalition won a majority of the vote but failed to win enough of the key marginals.
4. adjective [usu ADJ n] Marginal activities, costs, or taxes are not the main part of a business or an economic system, but often make the difference between its success or failure, and are therefore important to control. [business] ⇒ The analysts applaud the cuts in marginal businesses, but insist the company must make deeper sacrifices. ⇒ For low-paid workers, the marginal tax rate is at least 75%. 5. graded adjective [ADJ n] Marginal land is not very good for growing crops or grass for animals. [technical] ⇒ The poor are forced to farm in more marginal lands higher up the mountains. ⇒ ...helping farmers, so they do not have to exploit marginal lands.
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