Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: adjective

Definitions: (adjective) If something is marginal, it is written in a margin. (adjective) If something is marginal, it is low quality, almost unacceptable. (adjective) If something is marginal, it is not very large, important or central.

Examples: (adjective) I can’t read the marginal notes on the side of the page. (adjective) His writing is marginal at best. I don’t think he’ll pass. (adjective) The number of illnesses related to the common cold has increased this year, but that is only a marginal problem for the country.

Synonyms: adjectives: slight, minor.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 5 B