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borderline

adjective bor·der·line \ -ˌlīn \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of borderline

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 (such as interpersonal relations, behavior, and identity) but only with brief or no psychotic episodes
  • a borderline personality disorder
2 :situated at or near a border
  • a borderline town

borderline

noun

Examples of borderline in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of borderline from the Web

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First Known Use of borderline

1907

borderline Synonyms


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borderline

adverb

Definition of borderline

:almost, nearly
  • borderline tacky
  • borderline suicidal

Examples of borderline in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of borderline from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'borderline.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of borderline

1925


BORDERLINE Defined for English Language Learners

borderline

adjective

Definition of borderline for English Language Learners

  • : having some but not all characteristics of something

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

  • : existing at or near a border


borderline

adverb

Definition of borderline for English Language Learners

  • : almost or nearly


BORDERLINE Defined for Kids

borderline

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

Definition of borderline for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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borderline

adjective bor·der·line \ -ˌlīn \

medical Definition of borderline

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 :exhibiting typical but not altogether conclusive symptoms
  • a borderline diabetic
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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borderline

noun

medical Definition of borderline

:a person affected with borderline personality disorder


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