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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of substandard in a Sentence

a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation

Recent Examples on the Web

But too many fall short—more than a quarter of big company audits are considered substandard by the regulator. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Regulators Propose Sweeping Changes to U.K. Audit Industry," 18 Apr. 2019 Once Upshaw collapsed, attorneys Hilliard and Crump contend that Upshaw received substandard and inexplicably slow medical care delivered by those who were legally required to do more and act faster. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018 This allowed the military to focus resources on its core war-fighting mission, while experienced private firms eliminated a $20 billion housing-maintenance backlog and renovated or replaced 141,000 substandard on-base houses. Mark Cancian, WSJ, "The Pentagon Shouldn’t Be a Landlord," 3 Apr. 2019 According to the World Health Organization, 10 percent of all medical products in developing countries are substandard or falsified. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 The New Jersey franchise, whose main owner is New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, has been blasted recently for subjecting athletes to substandard conditions. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Women’s Soccer’s New Play: Massages and a $1 Million Locker Room," 5 Aug. 2018 In 1124, King Henry I of England attempted to restore confidence in the country’s money by having the mint-makers publicly castrated and their right hands amputated for producing substandard coins. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The High Cost of Financial Panics," 10 Jan. 2019 Who’s bringing it: Douglas Haning, a Texas business executive who’s facing federal charges for putting substandard ingredients in pet food. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 His verbal learning and memory and auditory memory had jumped from substandard to superior. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'substandard.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of substandard

1850, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about substandard

Statistics for substandard

Last Updated

16 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for substandard

The first known use of substandard was in 1850

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for substandard

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on substandard

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for substandard

Spanish Central: Translation of substandard

Nglish: Translation of substandard for Spanish Speakers

Comments on substandard

What made you want to look up substandard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

highly pertinent or appropriate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!