1. producing at a rate that barely covers production costs; "marginal industries"; "marginal land"

2. of a bare living gained by great labor; "the sharecropper''s hardscrabble life"; "a marginal existence"

3. of questionable or minimal quality; "borderline grades"; "marginal writing ability"

4. just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"

5. of something or someone close to a lower limit or lower class; "marginal abilities"

6. at or constituting a border or edge; "the marginal strip of beach"

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