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marginal

adjective uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪ.nəl/ us    /ˈmɑːr-/

marginal adjective (SMALL)

C2 very small in amount or effect: The report suggests that there has only been a marginal improvement in women's pay over the past few years.Of little or less importance of marginal interest of interest to only a few people: programmes about subjects of marginal interestTedious and uninspiring

marginal adjective (POLITICS)

describes a political area or position in parliament that can be won by only a small number of votes because support for the main parties is equally divided among the people voting: The marginal Tory constituency was held by 2,200 votes.Elections

marginal

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪ.nəl/ us    /ˈmɑːr-/ UK
a marginal political area or position in parliament: Labour lost two of the key marginals in London. The minister's own seat is a Tory marginal.Elections
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