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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.
Also, especially British, marginalise.
Origin of marginalize
1825-35 for an earlier sense; marginal + -ize
Related forms
marginalization, noun Unabridged
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  • If they can accept sentiments, despite the pain such marginalization induces, what is stopping you from moving on with life.
  • marginalization of opposing views by qualified scientists.
  • Until then, a third party candidate will have to choose between offering what the voters want and marginalization.
  • Political instability leading to more confusion and intense corruption, marginalization of the populace and deep depression.
  • Therein lies the ultimate consequence of their marginalization.
  • Not to get into high school philosophy but true freedom is anarchy and true democracy is a road to minority marginalization.
  • The result has been an even further marginalization of the defense.
  • But given the social marginalization of smoking, the policy is hardly shocking.
  • But these believers are colluding in their own marginalization.
  • And the effect of that marginalization may be that they feel a certain ownership of the game.
British Dictionary definitions for marginalization


(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 marginalization

1974, from marginalize + -ation.



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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