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1. Of, relating to, located at, or constituting a margin, a border, or an edge: the marginal strip of beach; a marginal issue that had no bearing on the election results.
2. Being adjacent geographically: states marginal to Canada.
3. Written or printed in the margin of a book: marginal notes.
4. Barely within a lower standard or limit of quality: marginal writing ability; eked out a marginal existence.
5. Economics
a. Having to do with enterprises that produce goods or are capable of producing goods at a rate that barely covers production costs.
b. Relating to commodities thus manufactured and sold.
6. Psychology Relating to or located at the fringe of consciousness.
One that is considered to be at a lower or outer limit, as of social acceptability: "is fascinated by marginals, by people who live on the edge of society" (Dan Yakir).

mar′gin·al′i·ty (-jə-năl′ĭ-tē) n.
mar′gin·al·ly adv.
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Noun1.marginality - the property of being marginal or on the fringesmarginality - the property of being marginal or on the fringes
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
centrality - the property of being central
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22-41) is titled "Place, identity, and the shifting forms of cultivated speech: a geography of marginality." Kuipers shows that at the beginning of the twentieth century, changes in village size and in population growth, as well as the dispersal of the Weyewa population from large (and secure) villages to smaller hamlets at the gardens in the mountains, resulted in a growing marginality of ritual speech.
Ted Solotaroff, looking back twenty-five years from that 1988 conference, focused on the question of marginality, and looked at marginality in a number of ways.
In the 1950s, anthropologist Oscar Lewis expanded this view with his concept of the "culture of poverty." This is the idea that poverty is a whole way of life, marked not just by economic destitution but also by the absence of a prolonged and protected childhood, the early initiation to sex, a low rate of formal marriage, the frequent abandonment of wives and children, maternal dominance, and strong psychological feelings of marginality, dependence, and inferiority.
Previous experience suggests, however, that by far the most important aspect of the electoral context so far as turnout is concerned is the marginality (or, to put it the other way round, the degree of safeness) of the constituency in the previous election.
Barbara Hanawalt addresses the notion of marginality in theoretical terms, pointing to the limits of the Marxist concept of marginals as those outside the accepted structures of society, and suggesting a more anthropological definition which takes account of the physical boundaries set for women in the Middle Ages.
One of the most impressive examples of Wolff's method is her return over the course of several related essays to the metaphors of displacement, self-exile and marginality, which, along with travel, currently permeate cultural studies.
It was the irrelevance as much as die pettiness of liberal academic politics that's so annoying--the "rapture of marginality," in Gitlin's words, "the narcissism of small differences" in Freud's.
Marginality, writes Michel de Certeau in The Practice of Everyday Life (1984), "is today no longer limited to minority groups, but is rather massive and pervasive" (xvii).
A second novel, Rue des tambourins(1960; "Street of the Tabors"), describes the protagonist's sense of marginality and owes a great deal to its author's recollections of her childhood in Tunis.
How does "singleness" inform the range of women's lives and how could one's existence as "single" construct marginality? This was the question I asked of Tuula Gordon's latest book, Single Women: On the Margins?
Youth, principle, political independence--in many states, this would be a recipe for marginality. In Michigan, it spells power.
Employment contracts are increasingly fleeting in much of the economy, and various forms of marginality are on the rise.