borderline
I. adjective Date: 1907 1. a. being in an intermediate position or state ; not fully classifiable as one thing or its opposite <
a borderline state between waking and sleeping
>
b. not quite up to, typical of, or as severe as what is usual, standard, or expected <
borderline intelligence
>
<
borderline hypertension
>
c. characterized by psychological instability in several areas (as interpersonal relations, behavior, and identity) but only with brief or no psychotic episodes <
a borderline personality disorder
>
2. situated at or near a border <
a borderline town
>
borderline noun II. adverb Date: 1925 almost, nearly <
borderline tacky
>
<
borderline suicidal
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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