suboptimal

adjective sub·op·ti·mal \ ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-məl , \
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

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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Medical Dictionary

suboptimal

adjective sub·op·ti·mal \ ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-məl \

medical Definition of suboptimal

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

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