Definition of 'marginal'
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The party has not previously been tested in its marginal seats. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It is a marginal seat with the Conservatives in second place. Times, Sunday Times (2017)It was a marginal call, but neither side made a case for victory. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The results showed that older guys had an increased body temperature, but the figures seemed marginal to me. Times, Sunday Times (2017)I and others who win marginal seats have to persuade people to switch from a different party to vote for us. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Selection remains critical and they should be rewarded at least as much as the coaches, whose day-to-day involvement can only have a marginal impact on results. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The marginal impact on our borrowing costs will be small to irrelevant. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Find a large parcel that has a good building site and some extra land of marginal value. Christianity Today (2000)It proved devastatingly effective in marginal seats. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In time the marginal benefits definitely outweighed the marginal costs. Times, Sunday Times (2016)These calls are so marginal as to be a farce. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Much of it has been poured into key marginal seats. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The small business cannot afford to become marginal. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)That process has been going on for years and will make only a marginal impact. Times, Sunday Times (2009)One reason is rising expectations and what economists call diminishing marginal utility. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The point at which the supplier becomes marginal varies from industry to industry. THE ESSENTIAL DRUCKER (2001)Do we really want to wipe out an animal so that a few people can make a marginal improvement in farming profits? Times, Sunday Times (2014)They include limits on spending outside election campaigns to end the injection by parties of large sums into marginal seats between polls. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But she became a marginal figure for the post-Soviet generation. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Each day the Times sketch writer profiles the closest marginals. Times, Sunday Times (2015)When a firm is engaged in production, marginal costs and average costs will rise with output. International Finance: The markets and financial management of multinational business. (1983)Each day the Times profiles one of the closest marginals. Times, Sunday Times (2015)By this he means the end of environmental initiatives that restrict productivity and the removal of livestock from all but the most marginal land. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Instead, she is fighting the marginal constituency of Stourbridge. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Five key marginal gains Discovery that the layers of paint on the frame of the bike weigh over 100g. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He's one of those great marginal figures, speaking from a place where cinema crosses over with literature or theatre. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'marginal'
British English: marginal ADJECTIVE
If you describe something as marginal, you mean that it is small or not very important.
This is a marginal improvement on October.
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