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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 marginal interest of interest to only a few people: articles about subjects of marginal interest

marginal adjective (POLITICS)

A marginal political area or position in parliament 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.

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.
Translations of “marginal”
in Chinese (Traditional) 小的, 微小的, 少量的…
in Russian незначительный…
in Turkish kıyıda köşede kalan, küçük ve önemsiz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 小的, 微小的, 少量的…
in Polish marginalny…
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