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"marginal" in British English

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marginaladjective

uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈmɑːr-/

marginalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɑː.dʒɪ.nəl/  us   /ˈmɑːr-/ UK
(Definition of marginal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"marginal" in American English

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marginaladjective

 us   /ˈmɑr·dʒɪ·nəl/
small in ​amount or ​effect: The ​difference between the two ​bids was marginal.
marginally
adverb  us   /ˈmɑr·dʒɪ·nəl·i/
I ​think his ​guess is only marginally ​better than anybody else's.
(Definition of marginal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"marginal" in Business English

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marginaladjective

uk   us   /ˈmɑːdʒɪnəl/
very ​small in ​amount or ​effect: a marginal improvement/increase/decrease The ​report suggests that there has only been a marginal ​improvement in women's ​pay over the past few ​years. We have ​doubled our ​computingpower at a marginal ​extracost. The fuel-price ​increase will have only a marginal ​effect on the road ​fuelmarket.
not very important: Manufacturing is only a marginal ​sector in the UK these days. Their ​contribution to ​businessstrategy has been marginal.
ECONOMICS producing just enough ​income to ​cover the ​costs of making and ​selling something: Their ​salesvolumes are marginal. For ​years, these marginal ​operators have only just ​managed to ​keep going and ​banks will not ​look at them favorably.
POLITICS a marginal seat (= ​area with one ​politicalrepresentative) is one in which a politician has ​won by a ​smallnumber of ​votes, so it is fairly likely to be ​won by another ​party when there is an ​election: These ​MPs have ​ruralseats, many of them marginal.
(Definition of marginal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “marginal”
in Chinese (Simplified) 小的, 微小的, 少量的…
in Turkish kıyıda köşede kalan, küçük ve önemsiz…
in Russian незначительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 小的, 微小的, 少量的…
in Polish marginalny…
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