marginally

marginal mar‧gin‧al [ˈmɑːdʒnl ǁ ˈmɑːr-] adjective
1. a marginal change, increase, fall etc is very small, and not enough to make an important difference:

• The country's unemployment rate declined to 7.5% in June from 7.6% in May, as a result of a marginal increase in employment.

— marginally adverb :

• The US dollar gained marginally on the yen and Canadian dollar.

2. marginal products, activities, buildings etc are not considered to be the main part of a business or industry, but may still be important:

• There will be the same number of hit movies, but an increased number of marginal films will perform poorly.

3. ECONOMICS relating to a change in a cost, value etc when one more thing is produced, one more dollar is earned etc:

• The marginal return is the added output resulting from employing one more farmer.

4. ECONOMICS making hardly any profit:

• a heavily subsidized marginal industry

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marginally UK US /ˈmɑːdʒɪnəli/ adverb
by a very small amount: »

The results were marginally above expectations.

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marginally better/worse/bigger


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Marginally — Mar gin*al*ly, adv. 1. In the margin of a book. [1913 Webster] 2. In a {marginal}[3] manner; barely sufficiently; almost not; as, marginally useful. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marginally — ► ADVERB ▪ to only a limited extent; slightly …   English terms dictionary

  • marginally — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)ʤɪnəli[/t]] ADV: ADV adv/adj/prep, ADV with v Marginally means to only a small extent. Sales last year were marginally higher than in 1991... The Christian Democrats did marginally worse than expected... These cameras have increased… …   English dictionary

  • marginally — adv. Marginally is used with these adjectives: ↑better, ↑relevant, ↑successful Marginally is used with these verbs: ↑improve …   Collocations dictionary

  • marginally — mar|gin|al|ly [ˈma:dʒınəl i US ˈma:r ] adv not enough to make an important difference = ↑slightly ▪ Gina s grades have improved marginally since last term. ▪ The new system is only marginally more efficient than the old one …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • marginally — mar|gin|al|ly [ mardʒınli ] adverb * by only a very small amount: Results are only marginally better this year. Revenue last year rose marginally …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • marginally — adverb not enough to make an important difference: Gina s grades have improved marginally since last term. (+ adj/adv): The new system is only marginally more efficient than the old one …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • marginally */ — UK [ˈmɑː(r)dʒɪn(ə)lɪ] / US [ˈmɑrdʒɪn(ə)lɪ] adverb by only a very small amount Revenue last year rose marginally. Results are only marginally better this year …   English dictionary

  • marginally — adverb in a marginal manner (Freq. 1) marginally interesting • Derived from adjective: ↑marginal …   Useful english dictionary

  • marginally — adverb see marginal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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