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[suhb-op-tuh-muh l] /sʌbˈɒp tə məl/
being below an optimal level or standard.
Also, suboptimum
[suhb-op-tuh-muh m] /sʌbˈɒp tə məm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of suboptimal
1930-35; sub- + optimal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for suboptimal
  • From the point of view of animal welfare, my snail eradication plan is suboptimal.
  • The point here is that the outcome will be suboptimal.
  • Zero regulating is vastly suboptimal to rational regulating.
  • Even leaving a suboptimal doctor doesn't necessarily leave a dent.
  • Usually decision making by large groups are suboptimal.
  • The only thing worse than a suboptimal currency area is a suboptimal central bank to go with it.
  • Many academics think this is suboptimal and call for more sophisticated management of markets.
  • Therefore, any plant-based approach will of suboptimal flux conversion ratios.
  • Production of ethanol via this process is obviously suboptimal since it is highly corrosive.
  • Unfortunately more complex creatures also have more spare or overlapping systems to help out a suboptimal allele.
Word Origin and History for suboptimal

also sub-optimal, 1901, from sub- + optimal. Related: Suboptimally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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