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marginal
used in Fast Food Nation

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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
  • The high turnover rates at fast food restaurants, the part-time nature of the jobs, and the marginal social status of the crew members have made it difficult to organize their workers.
    p. 75.6
  • The chain was "experimenting," according to a congressional investigation, using government-backed loans to open restaurants in marginal locations.
    p. 102.3

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