from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line that establishes or marks a border.
- n. An indefinite area intermediate between two qualities or conditions: The borderline between love and hate is often thin.
- adj. Verging on a given quality or condition: borderline poverty.
- adj. Of a questionable nature or quality: an applicant with borderline qualifications.
- adj. Psychology Relating to any phenomenon that is intermediate between two groups and not clearly categorized in either group: a borderline state showing the characteristics of both neurotic and psychotic reactions.
- adj. Relating to a condition characterized by a pattern of instability in mood, interpersonal relations, and self-image, and manifested by self-destructive, impulsive, and inconsistent behavior: the borderline syndrome.
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- adj. nearly; not clearly on one side or the other of a border or boundary, ambiguous.
- adj. Showing bad taste.
- n. A boundary or accepted division; a border.
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- n. a line that indicates a boundary
- adj. of questionable or minimal quality
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