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borderline

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adjective bor·der·line \-ˌlīn\

Simple Definition of borderline

  • : having some but not all characteristics of something

  • : not quite as severe as what is usual or expected

  • : existing at or near a border

Full Definition of borderline

  1. 1 a :  being in an intermediate position or state :  not fully classifiable as one thing or its opposite <a borderline state between waking and sleeping> b :  not quite up to, typical of, or as severe as what is usual, standard, or expected <borderline intelligence> <borderline hypertension> c :  characterized by psychological instability in several areas (as interpersonal relations, behavior, and identity) but only with brief or no psychotic episodes <a borderline personality disorder>

  2. 2 :  situated at or near a border <a borderline town>

borderline noun

Examples of borderline

  1. In borderline cases like these, the best course of action is difficult to determine.

  2. As a borderline diabetic, Lara is able to control her blood sugar levels solely through diet.



1907

First Known Use of borderline

1907


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borderline

adverb bor·der·line

Simple Definition of borderline

  • : almost or nearly

Full Definition of borderline

  1. :  almost, nearly <borderline tacky> <borderline suicidal>

Examples of borderline

  1. The movie is only borderline funny.

  2. <your answer was borderline rude, so I would advise you to be more diplomatic in the future>



1925

First Known Use of borderline

1925


BORDERLINE Defined for Kids

borderline

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adjective bor·der·line \ˈbȯr-dər-ˌlīn\

Definition of borderline

  1. :  not quite average, standard, or normal <She's a borderline student for advanced math.>




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borderline

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adjective bor·der·line \-ˌlīn\

Medical Definition of borderline

  1. 1:  being in an intermediate position or state :  not fully classifiable as one thing or its opposite; especially :  not quite up to what is usual, standard, or expected <borderline intelligence>

  2. 2:  exhibiting typical but not altogether conclusive symptoms <a borderline diabetic>

  3. 3:  of, relating to, being, or exhibiting a behavior pattern typical or suggestive of borderline personality disorder <a borderline patient> <borderline behavior>





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