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[suhb-stan-derd] /sʌbˈstæn dərd/
below standard or less than adequate:
substandard housing conditions.
noting or pertaining to a dialect or variety of a language or a feature of usage that is often considered by others to mark its user as uneducated; nonstandard.
  1. not measuring up to an insurer's regular standards in undertaking risks:
    a substandard risk.
  2. pertaining to insurance written to cover substandard risks.
Origin of substandard
1895-1900; sub- + standard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for substandard
  • Criticism of the affair has focused on the ubiquitous sale of fake and substandard products.
  • They were either too compromised by crummy keyboards, substandard displays, anemic performance or all three.
  • It was one of his supposedly substandard teachers who encouraged him to write in the first place.
  • Lazy advisors, substandard dissertations, etc are a different matter.
  • Such substandard journalism leaves this otherwise amusing little piece quite lacking.
  • The action resulted from a raise in the museum's fee for curatorial services, not from substandard conditions.
  • Critics had argued that the lack of contracts enabled the landlords to provide substandard housing with no accountability.
  • Different demographics is no excuse for a substandard education.
  • Having poor credit is not an excuse for substandard education.
  • She and other critics said they would prefer to spend money upgrading existing substandard housing.
British Dictionary definitions for substandard


below an established or required standard
another word for nonstandard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for substandard

also sub-standard, 1909, from sub- + standard (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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