adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin marginalis, from Latin margin-, margo Date: 1573 1. written or printed in the margin of a page or sheet <
marginal notes
2. a. of, relating to, or situated at a margin or border b. not of central importance <
regards violence as a marginal rather than a central problem
; also limited in extent, significance, or stature <
had only marginal success with the business
c. (1) occupying the borderland of a relatively stable territorial or cultural area <
marginal tribes
(2) characterized by the incorporation of habits and values from two divergent cultures and by incomplete assimilation in either <
the marginal cultural habits of new immigrant groups
(3) excluded from or existing outside the mainstream of society, a group, or a school of thought <
marginal voters
3. located at the fringe of consciousness <
marginal sensations
4. a. close to the lower limit of qualification, acceptability, or function ; barely exceeding the minimum requirements <
a semiliterate person of marginal ability
b. (1) having a character or capacity fitted to yield a supply of goods which when marketed at existing price levels will barely cover the cost of production <
marginal land
(2) of, relating to, or derived from goods produced and marketed with such result <
marginal profits
5. relating to or being a function of a random variable that is obtained from a function of several random variables by integrating or summing over all possible values of the other variables <
a marginal probability function
marginality nounmarginally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • marginal — marginal, ale, aux [ marʒinal, o ] adj. et n. • XVe; du lat. margo, marginis « marge » I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui est mis dans la marge. Note marginale. ♢ Géogr. Récifs marginaux, en bordure d une côte. Fosse marginale (cf. Marge continentale). 2 ♦ (angl.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • marginal — MARGINÁL, Ă, marginali, e, adj. Care se află la margine; spec. (despre note, glose, comentarii) care este scris pe marginea unui text tipărit sau a unui manuscris. ♦ p.ext. (despre chestiuni, probleme) Secundar. – Din fr. marginal. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • Marginal — may refer to: For marginal constituency in politics, see “Marginal seat” For the manga, see Marginal (manga) For marginal model in hierarchical linear modeling, see “Marginal model” For marginal observables in physics, see “Renormalization group” …   Wikipedia

  • marginal — adjetivo 1. Que está en el margen: nota marginal, corrección marginal. 2. Que tiene escasa importancia o una importancia secundaria: detalle marginal, cuestión marginal. Es un asunto marginal, yo no le daría muchas vueltas. adjetivo,sustantivo… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • marginal — [mär′jə nəl] adj. [ML marginalis] 1. written or printed in the margin of a page or sheet 2. of or constituting a margin 3. at, on, or close to the margin or border 4. a) close to a margin or limit, esp. a lower limit [a marginal standard of… …   English World dictionary

  • marginal — marginal, marginalize To the editors of the OED around the turn of the 20c, marginalize meant no more than ‘to write marginal notes [i.e. notes in the margin] upon’, and they marked it ‘rare’. Since then it has been so transformed that the 1991… …   Modern English usage

  • marginal — 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo al margen. 2. Que está al margen. 3. Dicho de un asunto, de una cuestión, de un aspecto, etc.: De importancia secundaria o escasa. 4. Dicho de una persona o de un grupo: Que vive o actúa, de modo voluntario o… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Marginal — Mar gin*al, a. [Cf. F. marginal.] 1. Of or pertaining to a margin. [1913 Webster] 2. Written or printed in the margin; as, a marginal note or gloss. [1913 Webster] 3. At the lower limit; barely sufficient; as, of marginal utility. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marginal — Adj am Rand liegend per. Wortschatz fremd. Erkennbar fremd (16. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Entlehnt aus neo kl. marginalis, zu l. margo Rand . Als Substantivierung Marginalie Randbemerkung (älter Marginale).    Ebenso nndl. marginaal, ne.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • marginal — 1. (en asistencia gestionada) un caso en el cual los costes superan la cantidad permitida para un diagnóstico o tratamiento específico. La cantidad marginal se especifica normalmente de antemano en el contrato entre el proveedor y el pagador. 2.… …   Diccionario médico

  • marginal — marginal, ale (mar ji nal, na l ) adj. 1°   Qui est en marge. Des avis, des astérisques marginaux. •   Cet ordre de pasteurs doit durer pour l assemblage des saints et pour l édification du corps de Christ, c est à dire, selon la note marginale… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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