Definition of marginally in English:



  • To only a limited extent; slightly.

    ‘inflation is predicted to drop marginally’
    as submodifier ‘he's marginally worse than he was’
    • ‘In child care the figures are marginally better at 24 sick days per employee.’
    • ‘The average British voter, the survey found, was marginally to the left of centre, at minus 2.’
    • ‘They were marginally successful in that they created more chances than the visitors and forced two short corners.’
    • ‘It's pretentious but marginally better than the sepia toned one where I'm cradling a small baby.’
    • ‘For being marginally wide at the last turn he lost a single point, but otherwise his three sections of driving were clean.’
    • ‘Don't worry too much if your line is slightly heavier or marginally lighter than my recommendations.’
    • ‘They may be marginally different because they can still hold the traditional ideals.’
    • ‘I felt marginally happier and less distracted by events beyond my control.’
    • ‘Cork were the better side if only marginally, and we made them earn their bread in a tight and tense finale.’
    • ‘Fortunately the two men emerge from a different exit, marginally wider than the entrance.’
    • ‘I greet you tonight from a new internet cafe, opened only this week and perhaps marginally nearer than my usual one.’
    • ‘Perhaps today's keepers, marginally less talented, are victims of the times in which they live.’
    • ‘Their second-choice team would be only marginally weaker than their optimum selection.’
    • ‘Clinging to the idea of brainwashing is a coping strategy to make hate and death marginally more explicable.’
    • ‘Eleven tracks are marginally higher owing to their download popularity.’
    • ‘For the first quarter, both teams were all over the place, and for the last they were only marginally more composed.’
    • ‘It is for these actors alone that this film is even marginally entertaining.’
    • ‘It is true the speed of traffic in the zone is marginally faster than before by approximately 1mph.’
    • ‘I've just spent three nights in such a monstrosity, holed up in a room only marginally larger than a shoebox.’
    • ‘The weather pattern gets marginally much better tomorrow with no snow in the forecast.’
    slightly, a little, a bit, somewhat, rather, moderately, to some degree, to a certain extent, in a way, to a slight extent, faintly, obscurely, dimly
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