substandard


sub·stan·dard

adjective \ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd\

: below what is considered standard, normal, or acceptable

Full Definition of SUBSTANDARD

:  deviating from or falling short of a standard or norm: as
a :  of a quality lower than that prescribed by law <substandard housing>
b :  conforming to a pattern of linguistic usage existing within a speech community but not that of the prestige group in that community
c :  constituting a greater than normal risk to an insurer

Examples of SUBSTANDARD

  1. <a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation>

First Known Use of SUBSTANDARD

1897

Related to SUBSTANDARD

Synonyms
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, bad, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], wanting, wretched, wrong
Antonyms
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable

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