Synonyms for Marginal:
•borderline; slight (adjective)
small, bordering, Rimming, peripheral, minimal, negligible.
brim, fringe, coastal, boundary, ringing, edge, extreme, Rimming, peripheral, border.
n.inappropriate, neither here nor there, unrelated, academic, unimportant, beside the point, immaterial, irrelevant, extraneous. passable, all-right, decent, acceptable, O.K., reasonable, indifferent, fine, respectable, tolerable, so-so, adequate, satisfactory. disenfranchise, by election, elect, chad, beauty contest, election, electioneering, direct elections, advance poll, campaign. little, minute, microscopic, discreet, small, midget, minuscule, tiny, slight, diminutive. newsy, unanswered, on paper, enclosed, written, returnable, textual, in black and white, valid, circular. •borderline (noun)
bordering, nonessential, limited, negligible.
hardscrabble, edge, fringy, bare, fringe, peripheral, minimal, meagerly, unprofitable, borderline, minimum, narrow, meagre, meager.
extraneous, irrelevant, unimportant, unrelated, immaterial. academic. •Other relevant words:
meager, borderline, passable, nonessential, irrelevant, small, unrelated, minimum, unprofitable, unimportant, minimal, hardscrabble, academic, bordering, bare, fringy, meagerly, narrow, negligible, immaterial, tiny, meagre, slight.
Usage examples for marginal
I would go over the correspondence with Edison, sometimes making a marginal note in shorthand, and sometimes Edison would make his own notes on letters, and I would be expected to clean up the correspondence with Edison's laconic comments as a guide as to the character of answer to make. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
It takes long in new communities for discoveries to become complications- though complications become discoveries doubtless often in advance of this; the large vague area, with its vast marginal ease, over which confidence could run riot and new kinds of human relation, elatedly proposed, flourish in the sun, was to shift to different ground the question the Concord school had played with, during its term of life, on its smaller stage, under the great New England elms and maples and in the preoccupied New England air. – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James