substandard

adjective

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

a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation
Recent Examples on the Web Naturally, Sheriff Rea denied providing substandard food and even offered to take a Dallas Morning News reporter through the jail at mealtime. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 July 2024 The department struggles to contact out-of-state owners to address substandard living conditions, according to a department official during a Senate committee hearing. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2024 Those shortcomings combined with others, the judge wrote, resulted in a substandard pass rate for students taking nursing licensing examinations. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 16 Feb. 2024 For all the anecdotes about inexperienced recruits, substandard barracks, inadequate equipment, and limited training, the mobilization seems to be a reasonable response to the Russian army’s operational and tactical problems. Barry R. Posen, Foreign Affairs, 4 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for substandard 

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of substandard was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Substandard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substandard. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

substandard

adjective
sub·​stan·​dard ˌsəb-ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce substandard (audio)
ˈsəb-
1
: varying from or falling short of a standard or norm
substandard housing
2
: following a pattern of linguistic usage that is not considered standard
substandard English

Legal Definition

substandard

adjective
sub·​stan·​dard
: 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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