sub·​nor·​mal | \ ˌsəb-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce subnormal (audio) \

Definition of subnormal

1 : lower or smaller than normal
2 : having less of something and especially of intelligence than is normal

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Other Words from subnormal

subnormality \ ˌsəb-​nȯr-​ˈma-​lə-​tē How to pronounce subnormal (audio) \ noun
subnormally \ ˌsəb-​ˈnȯr-​mə-​lē How to pronounce subnormal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subnormal in a Sentence

subnormal levels of vitamin C people who are subnormal in insulin production
Recent Examples on the Web Quite simply, normal human consciousness is optimized for normal human functioning, but is subnormal for achieving goals beyond the ordinary. Brett Steenbarger, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Flow off the 50-degree waters of Lake Michigan will bring our first subnormal temperatures in 10 days. Tom Skilling,, 31 May 2018 Snow flurries could last into Monday, the cold staying through Tuesday with a temperature rebound of sorts into the still subnormal 50s by the middle of next week. Tom Skilling,, 15 Apr. 2018 An amplified jet stream pattern that has brought subnormal temperatures to eastern portions of North America and unseasonable warmth to the West is forecast to continue much of the workweek. Tom Skilling,, 11 Dec. 2017 Sunday marked our fifth straight day of subnormal readings. Tom Skilling,, 27 Aug. 2017 Resulting northwest wind flow will bring to the area temperatures more typical of mid-May, making this the only weekend this month with subnormal readings. Tom Skilling,, 23 June 2017 Everybody knew that comics were for children and for intellectually subnormal people, whereas graphic novel sounds like a much more sophisticated proposition. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2009 Another day of subnormal temperatures is slated for Monday before winds shift to a west-to-east orientation. Tom Skilling,, 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of subnormal

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subnormal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subnormal

: lower or smaller than normal
: having less of something than is normal


sub·​nor·​mal | \ ˌsəb-ˈnȯr-məl How to pronounce subnormal (audio) \

Medical Definition of subnormal

1 : lower or smaller than normal a subnormal temperature
2 : having less of something and especially of intelligence than is normal

Other Words from subnormal

subnormality \ ˌsəb-​nȯr-​ˈmal-​ət-​ē How to pronounce subnormal (audio) \ noun, plural subnormalities

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