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marginal

adjective
 
 
/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 computing power at a marginal extra cost. The fuel-price increase will have only a marginal effect on the road fuel market.
not very important: Manufacturing is only a marginal sector in the UK these days. Their contribution to business strategy has been marginal.
ECONOMICS producing just enough income to cover the costs of making and selling something: Their sales volumes 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 political representative) is one in which a politician has won by a small number of votes, so it is fairly likely to be won by another party when there is an election: These MPs have rural seats, many of them 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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