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understeer

[n. uhn-der-steer; v. uhn-der-steer] /n. ˈʌn dərˌstɪər; v. ˌʌn dərˈstɪər/
noun
1.
a handling characteristic of an automotive vehicle that causes it to turn less sharply than the driver intends because the front wheels slide to the outside of the turn before the rear wheels lose traction.
verb (used without object)
2.
(of an automotive vehicle) to undergo understeer, especially excessively.
Compare oversteer.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; under- + steer1
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British Dictionary definitions for under steer

understeer

/ˈʌndəˌstɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of a vehicle) to turn less sharply, for a particular movement of the steering wheel, than anticipated
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