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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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Examples from the web for marginalize
  • Frame it or reframe it, my dissertation topic was going to marginalize me in my chosen field.
  • It is reasonable to expect that your behavior will marginalize you from the rest of society.
  • Conflict-of-interest accusations have historically been used selectively to marginalize dissenting opinions.
  • Then it starts to look as though you are some kind of weirdo, and people start to marginalize you.
  • But of course that's not going to happen, it's much easier to marginalize the other.
  • So while you try to marginalize their current name, you can't marginalize what's really important.
  • The increase in skin could even further marginalize dance, but the goal isn't to secure tour dates.
  • Rather than marginalize remediation, they should invest more intellectual resources in it, making it as effective as it can be.
  • There needs to be a test to flesh them out and to marginalize them.
  • Over the longer run, they will help marginalize the party.
British Dictionary definitions for marginalize


(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 marginalize

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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