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marginal
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Definition
small in effect or amount; or at the edge or border
The exact meaning of marginal depends upon its context. For example:
  • "marginal improvement" — small in quantity
  • "marginal capability" — small in effect
  • "a marginal employee" — barely adequate
  • "marginal tax rate" — at the edge or border
  • VII On the morning appointed for her departure Tess was awake before dawn—at the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute, save for one prophetic bird who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day, the rest preserving silence as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.
    1 — The Maiden (60% in)

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