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marginalize

[mahr-juh-nl-ahyz] /ˈmɑr dʒə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), marginalized, marginalizing.
1.
to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power:
the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.
Also, especially British, marginalise.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
Related forms
marginalization, noun
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  • But the internal fight within themselves, will not let them abandon their marginalized community.
  • Opposition parties have been invited back in from the cold, though they often remain marginalized.
  • marginalized populations have more health problems related to poor nutrition and prenatal care.
  • The tiny minority that had taken to the streets in opposition is now marginalized.
  • Either they take control of the tolerant society, or they are marginalized by it.
  • Many people were marginalized and rejected and it was those people who became rappers.
  • So it's no surprise that such a fine mind is marginalized.
  • The marginalized became mainstream again and the mainstream was marginalized.
  • And if he would have refused to leave he would have been brutally marginalized and abused.
  • Our interests have been marginalized for years, so don't know how many of us actually expect anything to change.
British Dictionary definitions for marginalized

marginalize

/ˈmɑːdʒɪnəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportant: various economic assumptions marginalize women
Derived Forms
marginalization, marginalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for marginalized

marginalize

v.

1832, "to make marginal notes," from marginal + -ize. The meaning "force into a position of powerlessness" attested by 1929. Related: Marginalized; marginalizing.

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