suboptimal

adjective
sub·​op·​ti·​mal | \ ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-məl, How to pronounce suboptimal (audio) \
variants: or sub-optimal

Definition of suboptimal

: less than optimal : not at the best possible level suboptimal performance suboptimal conditions/results/solutions received suboptimal care … such is life at the sharp end of evolution, where the pursuit of self-interest frequently leads to suboptimal outcomes for all concerned.The Economist Training at sub-optimal levels fatigues you and wastes time you could have spent at the high levels you hope to achieve.— Rick Crawford

Other Words from suboptimal

suboptimally or sub-optimally adverb
… countless companies perform suboptimally. They fail to capitalize on a unique competitive advantage. — Erik Matson

First Known Use of suboptimal

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Suboptimal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suboptimal. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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suboptimal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suboptimal

: less than the best or most desirable

suboptimal

adjective
sub·​op·​ti·​mal | \ ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-məl How to pronounce suboptimal (audio) \

Medical Definition of suboptimal

: less than optimal a suboptimal diet a suboptimal dose of a drug

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