substandard

adjective sub·stan·dard \ ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

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

Examples of substandard in a Sentence

  1. a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation

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First Known Use of substandard

1850

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substandard Synonyms

Phrases

below par (or under);


SUBSTANDARD Defined for English Language Learners

substandard

Definition of substandard for English Language Learners

  • : below what is considered standard, normal, or acceptable


SUBSTANDARD Defined for Kids

substandard

adjective sub·stan·dard \ ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd \

Definition of substandard for Students

: lower in quality than expected

Law Dictionary

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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