marginalize

[mahr-juh-nl-ahyz]
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.
Also, especially British, marginalise.


Origin:
1825–35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize

marginalization, noun
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marginalize or marginalise (ˈmɑːdʒɪnəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to relegate to the fringes, out of the mainstream; make seem unimportant: various economic assumptions marginalize women
 
marginalise or marginalise
 
vb
 
marginali'zation or marginalise
 
n
 
marginali'sation or marginalise
 
n

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marginalize
1832, "to make marginal notes," from marginal + -ize. The meaning "force into a position of powerlessness" attested by 1929. Related: Marginalization; marginalized.
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Example sentences
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.
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