How to pronounce suboptimum (audio)
variants or sub-optimum
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suboptimum was in 1907

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“Suboptimum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


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