substandard

adjective
sub·​stan·​dard | \ ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce substandard (audio) \

Definition of substandard

: deviating from or falling short of a standard or norm: such as
a : of a quality lower than that prescribed by law substandard housing
b : conforming to a pattern of linguistic usage existing within a speech community but not that of the prestige group in that community
c : constituting a greater than normal risk to an insurer

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Examples of substandard in a Sentence

a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation

Recent Examples on the Web

Latino and immigrant activists have condemned President Donald Trump’s response to detaining migrants, which has included separating families and detaining children in overcrowded and substandard facilities. Washington Post, "Democrats’ use of Spanish in debate evokes praise, eye rolls," 27 June 2019 But many car makers have churned out low-quality cars with substandard batteries to take advantage of the subsidies. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "A New Road for Electric Vehicles in China," 25 June 2019 The wider perspective is mine: More than 100 children died of encephalitis in just one hospital, their deaths preceded by malnutrition, which obviously has not been addressed at substandard creches and health centres. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 The property was declared substandard and tenants relocated due to severe pest issues as well as building and fire safety code violations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon sets stricter standards for hotels and motels," 20 June 2019 Her son is now living with cerebral palsy, allegedly the result of substandard medical care. CBS News, "Physician exposes dangerous practice involving high-risk pregnancies at Indiana hospital," 14 June 2019 But the average household bandwidth is 18 Mbps, which likely leaves plenty of potential subscribers to cloud services out in the cold – or paying for a substandard experience. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Bethesda, id software unveils 'Doom Eternal' and cloud gaming tech to speed game streams," 9 June 2019 Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast—raised their fuel quality standards in 2016, and in effect, banned substandard fuels from Europe. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities—here’s why the air quality is not improving," 6 June 2019 His postulation that a second- or third-place finish at the Olympics was mediocre — but only for the women — underscored a belief that women’s victories were substandard. Tate Royer, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The biggest fight facing the U.S. women’s soccer team isn’t on the field," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of substandard

1850, in the meaning defined above

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substandard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of substandard

: below what is considered standard, normal, or acceptable

substandard

adjective
sub·​stan·​dard | \ ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce substandard (audio) \

Kids Definition of substandard

: lower in quality than expected

substandard

adjective
sub·​stan·​dard

Legal Definition of substandard

: deviating from or falling short of a standard or norm: as
a : of a quality lower than that prescribed by law
b : constituting a greater than normal risk to an insurer

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