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marginalize Line breaks: mar¦gin¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːdʒɪn(ə)lʌɪz/
(also marginalise)

Definition of marginalize in English:


[with object]
Treat (a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral: by removing religion from the public space, we marginalize it (as adjective marginalized) members of marginalized cultural groups
More example sentences
  • The term ethnic minority is often used to refer to marginalized cultural groups.
  • Literature that is widely taught today includes writings by women and members of other historically marginalized groups.
  • Research shows early school leaving marginalises different groups in society, particularly young unskilled men, lone parents and young people in disadvantaged areas or rural areas.



Pronunciation: /ˌmɑːdʒɪn(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Instead of the isolation and the sort of marginalization of Sudan that they did the in the past, they would like to move forward with a policy now of engagement.
  • We call on our governments and political and civic leaders to work with us to reverse the marginalization of our community and save our society from this downward spiral.
  • The reason is that in national and many global contexts, the terms in which one can talk of dispossession and marginalization do not fit the unique history of Kashmir.

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