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substandard

[suhb-stan-derd] /sʌbˈstæn dərd/
adjective
1.
below standard or less than adequate:
substandard housing conditions.
2.
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.
3.
Insurance.
  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
1895-1900
1895-1900; sub- + standard
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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

substandard

/sʌbˈstændəd/
adjective
1.
below an established or required standard
2.
another word for nonstandard
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Word Origin and History for substandard
adj.

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

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