suboptimum

adjective
sub·​op·​ti·​mum | \ ˌsəb-ˈäp-tə-məm, How to pronounce suboptimum (audio) \
variants: or sub-optimum

Definition of suboptimum

: less than optimal : suboptimal suboptimum sales/conditions Just this year the mathematicians finally proved that any product designed by geniuses to be used by idiots is suboptimum.— John Gantz

First Known Use of suboptimum

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suboptimum was in 1907

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“Suboptimum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suboptimum. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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suboptimum

adjective
sub·​op·​ti·​mum | \ -məm How to pronounce suboptimum (audio) \

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