The process whereby something or someone is pushed to the edge of a group and accorded lesser importance. This is predominantly a social phenomenon by which a minority or sub-group is excluded, and their needs or desires ignored.

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  • The marginalization of black people as a whole went on unopposed throughout much of the twentieth century, fortunately things are improving.

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  • When someone keeps messing up in your company they may undergo marginalization and have their opinion matter less and less.

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  • Some products will undergo marginalization when they no longer have the need to fill that they used to have in the past.

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