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marginal

1. Economics relating to goods or services produced and sold at the margin of profitability
2. Politics chiefly Brit and NZ of or designating a constituency in which elections tend to be won by small margins
3. Economics relating to a small change in something, such as total cost, revenue, or consumer satisfaction

marginal

(jargon)
1. Extremely small. "A marginal increase in core can decrease GC time drastically." In everyday terms, this means that it is a lot easier to clean off your desk if you have a spare place to put some of the junk while you sort through it.

2. Of extremely small merit. "This proposed new feature seems rather marginal to me."

3. Of extremely small probability of winning. "The power supply was rather marginal anyway; no wonder it fried."
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The second subgroup of those marginally attached to the labor force consists of "other" people who are so attached.
2% - but the proportion of students getting an A*-C grade rose marginally from 66.
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5% year on year, according to the AA, while food prices remained high despite food price inflation easing marginally.
The number of people marginally attached to the labor force was up 178,000 over September and is 329,000 higher than a year ago.
Although asking prices have marginally declined since the first quarter of 2010, achieved prices increased by one per cent to around Dh867 per square foot.
Summary: Wiesbaden, Germany, May 21, 2010, SPA -- Germany&'s 2009 state deficit was only marginally larger than the maximum permitted under European Union regulations, dpa quoted the country&'s national statistics office as reporting today.
In 2010, the country's crude production capacity will decline marginally to 2.