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marginal
used in Black Like Me

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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
  • If he succeeded, he was an alienated marginal man—alienated from the strength of his culture and from fellow black men, and never able, of course, to become that imitation white man because he bore the pigment that made the white man view him as intrinsically other.

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