in a poor manner or way:
The team played poorly.
in poor health; somewhat ill:
I hear she's been poorly.
in a poor way or manner; badly
) in poor health; rather ill:
she's poorly today
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Most of my years of research had been sedentary, in hushed libraries and poorly lit archives.
People have continued to treat you and those of your culture poorly.
The difficulty is figuring out where the films should go next, especially since the last film was so poorly regarded.
Yet now millions of people have quite a clear idea-based on replicas of copies of rather poorly painted portraits.
The gym is so poorly designed that a scrimmaging player can be knocked down one of two flights of concrete stairs.
As a whole, the actors are so poorly directed that their performances amount to a form of camp.
In other relationships, animals don't treat their partners so poorly.
Why this mating system exists in some species and not others is poorly understood.
Unlike the physics that control the weather, the physics that control earthquakes are still poorly understood.
Unfortunately, after decades of poorly regulated fishing, menhaden are in serious trouble.
Crying linked to emotions-perhaps a uniquely human behavior-is poorly understood by scientists.
Dinosaur physiology is complicated and poorly understood.
Even among the previously known species, the fish are poorly studied, the review authors added.
Unfortunately, toward the end of the game, the puzzles become frustrating and poorly designed.
And worse than even my poorly appointed hotel room, the wilderness has no power outlets.
Clay pots broke too easily, and wood weathered poorly.
The picture was crisper but the aspect ratio was poorly adjusted for the smaller screen.
What's left: thousands of poorly compensated adjunct teaching positions.
When it comes to evolution, never in the field of science have so many said so much about something they understood so poorly.
If you are tenured and perform poorly for this review, you will lose significant resources.
There are ways to do this well and there are ways to do this poorly.
Students who say they are frequently bored are more likely to do poorly on tests, according to some studies.
The ability to absorb knowledge without having to wade through pages of dense, poorly translated theory.
Part of that remedial action, she explains, would be for the professor who communicated poorly to take a course.
And, of course, sometimes committee chairs will run meetings poorly on purpose.
But less homework done well may be worth more than a lot of homework done poorly.
The salient characteristic of some forms of communication is how little of any substance is being communicated, and how poorly.
Although scientists have made considerable progress in dissecting the staling process, it remains poorly understood.
Those who say they feel stigmatized also performed more poorly.
However, the neural mechanisms that underlie these behaviors are poorly understood.
It does convey the message, but is illogical in some places and constructed poorly.
And his experiments with corn seedlings proved that this plant would fare poorly in a spaceship.
Consciousness itself is poorly and often mistakenly defined.
He is now depressed, sleeping poorly and having difficulty concentrating.
And the technique could probe poorly understood processes in which electrons exchange energy with one another.
Synthetic biology is a high-risk profit-driven field, building organisms out of parts that are still poorly understood.
If poorly administered they could induce severe trauma.
The same metabolic pathways that permit the breakdown of glucose to energy perform poorly in this acidic environment.
Either this article is poorly written or the online version is flawed.
Genocide used to be fairly common but now people react rather poorly to it.
Employment is now largely divided into well-paid, highly-skilled jobs and the poorly paid, less-secure jobs of the service sector.
Today, many hedge funds are performing poorly, and plenty are losing money.
But such avoidance, they say, is merely a symptom of a poorly designed tax system.
But, according to critics, this broad qualification serves both of these groups poorly.
First, federal statutes are often so poorly written and so vague that they are in effect incomprehensible.
There is a reason for this: the brain is a complex organ and the causes of its disorders remain poorly understood.
Motivating poorly paid enumerators to do their job properly is another problem.
The biggest problems, he says, were poorly conceived projects and wasteful expenditure.
Such scientific work is crucial because aquifers are still poorly understood.
The reasons why many boys perform poorly at school are complex, but partly social too.
Rubbish may be universal, but it is little studied and poorly understood.
Filipinos know that their police are poorly trained, equipped and paid, riddled with corruption and prone to unnecessary violence.
Minorities fare particularly poorly in capital cases.
When the jobs market finally picks up, many will be poorly placed.
Firms that rely on primogeniture, he notes, perform poorly.
But the effort is unevenly, and poorly, distributed.
Senior police officers continued to bristle at government criticism that they reacted poorly to the disorder.
The latter group of doctors became less popular with both well- and poorly-funded patients.
They say the transition was poorly managed and underfunded.
They may be poorly waves and display them on a computer screen.
We have a patchwork of preschools, many with weakly trained, poorly paid staff.
Rural areas continued to fare poorly compared with cities and suburbs.
Filing a charge does not give a worker a free ride to perform poorly or be repeatedly late or absent.
It's fighting lawsuits from investors for poorly written mortgages.
And many of us were reviewing books or writing pieces for the same poorly paying magazines.
If the applicants performed poorly, they probably didn't possess the physical strength or dexterity to succeed in the job.
Beyond our individual concerns, a poorly educated country leads to a poorly functioning country.
When those prices don't reflect the best information available, the risk increases that resources will be poorly deployed.
It breeds corruption, by allowing politicians to siphon off poorly monitored funds.
The extent to which those correlations are causal is poorly established.
My suite is on the second floor, on the back side of the building, which is poorly protected.
Unhappily, biometric measures are often implemented poorly.
Think ahead on this one, though, and you'll see how things portend poorly for the future of alternative animal agriculture.
The first is that email does its job poorly: it's not the best way to keep people connected and productive.
Those soldiers who did exist were so poorly equipped that they didn't have a chance.
At any moment, site managers can see which pieces are faring well and which poorly and can promote or bury them accordingly.
One presentation will reveal how poorly secured printers can even be grouped together to act as online storage for cybercriminals.
It is amazing that building poorly performing solar cells get such press.
Light direction may still be detectable, as will any poorly pasted borders.
Poorly presented show full of weasel words and inaccurate representation.
Patients deficient in it appear to respond poorly to antidepressants.
Because the larval biology of many beetles is so poorly known, there are probably even heavier species.
On a more serious note, it's disappointing to see so many comments that reflect poorly on anthropology and anthropologists.
If the wasps targeted the top beetle eggs, their grubs fared poorly.
Allopathy is generally regarded as a pejorative and poorly represents modern medical practices.
But it is clear from the article above that is poorly conceived, and filled with factual mistakes and deception.
With this experiment, they set up an environment to which the organism is poorly suited.
The evidence of poorly situated, maintained, and monitored ground stations is overwhelming.
Strangers freely helped the less limber or poorly shod over snowbanks and along icy walks.
Although cooperative learning is at times poorly practiced, research still supports its effectiveness as a teaching approach.
Government-appointed lawyers are so poorly paid that few are willing to take on these extremely difficult cases.
Poorly fitting shoes are a common cause of both corns and calluses.
Poorly written and conceived, it has disappointed and even enraged many loyal fans.
State legislators are poorly situated and ill-equipped to sort and evaluate students who apply for scholarships.
Your point, while academically interesting, is poorly put forth.
If it's poorly written, the course may be poorly organized.
And when it did, it was often inadequate and poorly planned.
They also say that people who are severely autistic respond poorly to the lab setting.
Humans, if they're not getting enough sleep, really perform poorly on vigilance tasks.
He then rallied the poorly organised native troops and brought them to the firing line.