borderline Definition

  • 1denoting a case or category that is not quite one thing or the other
  • 2on the edge of a particular quality or condition

Using borderline: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "borderline" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The movie was borderline boring.

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    He has a borderline personality disorder.

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    The patient's condition is borderline critical.

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    The company's profits are borderline acceptable.

borderline Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for borderline

Phrases with borderline

  • a situation or example that is not clearly one thing or the other, and which may be difficult to decide or judge


    The issue of whether or not to allow the new development is a borderline case.

  • a mental health condition characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships


    She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder after years of struggling with her emotions.

  • a decision that is difficult to make because the options are very similar or the consequences are unclear


    Choosing between the two job offers was a borderline decision for him.


Summary: borderline in Brief

The term 'borderline' [ˈbɔːdəlaɪn] describes something that is not quite one thing or the other, or on the edge of a particular quality or condition. It can refer to a variety of contexts, such as a borderline case, borderline personality disorder, or a borderline decision. Synonyms include marginal, ambiguous, and equivocal, while antonyms include definite and clear-cut.

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