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[mahr-juh-nl-ahyz] /ˈmɑr dʒə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), marginalized, marginalizing.
to place in a position of marginal importance, influence, or power:
the government's attempts to marginalize criticism and restore public confidence.
Origin of marginalize
1825-35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
Related forms
marginalization, noun Unabridged
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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


(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



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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