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subnormal

[suhb-nawr-muh l] /sʌbˈnɔr məl/
adjective
1.
below the normal; less than or inferior to the normal:
a subnormal amount of rain.
2.
being less than average in any psychological trait, as intelligence, personality, or emotional adjustment.
noun
3.
a subnormal person.
4.
Geometry. that part of the x-axis of a curve cut off between the ordinate and a normal.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; sub- + normal
Related forms
subnormality, noun
Can be confused
abnormal, subnormal.
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British Dictionary definitions for sub normality

subnormal

/sʌbˈnɔːməl/
adjective
1.
less than the normal
2.
having a low intelligence, esp having an IQ of less than 70
noun
3.
a subnormal person
Derived Forms
subnormality (ˌsʌbnɔːˈmælɪtɪ) noun
subnormally, adverb
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