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 Remarkably substandard systems of medical care may explain ICE’s history of vaccine failures. Nishant Uppal, STAT, "ICE must provide Covid-19 vaccines to all detained migrants," 12 Jan. 2021 Klopfer's medical license was suspended indefinitely in 2016 by Indiana regulators who cited shoddy record-keeping and substandard patient monitoring. Rick Callahan, ajc, "Indiana AG: No charges recommended in fetal remains case," 30 Dec. 2020 The authorities allegedly seized more than 22,000 mislabeled and substandard KN95 masks and a thousand unauthorized COVID-19 test kits imported from China. Animals, "The black-market trade in wildlife has moved online, and the deluge is 'dizzying'," 18 Dec. 2020 Litigation in the 1990s and 2000s helped erase similar minimum value policies in the insurance industry, where companies would provide substandard homeowners policies or no policies based on a home’s age and market value. Gene Johnson, USA TODAY, "Fair housing groups sue Redfin with allegations of ‘redlining’ minority communities," 31 Oct. 2020 Litigation in the 1990s and 2000s helped erase similar minimum value policies in the insurance industry, where companies would provide substandard homeowners policies or no policies based on a home’s age and market value. Gene Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fair housing groups accuse Redfin of digital redlining, limiting services in minority areas including Chicago’s South Side," 29 Oct. 2020 Vanquishing the virus won't solve the tragedy of substandard elder care. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Senior care facilities, kids and the pandemic, Twin Metals, Line 3, mistletoe," 22 Dec. 2020 Oversight has been weak, contributing to a spate of scandals over substandard vaccines. New York Times, "Scandal Dogs AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Partner in China," 7 Dec. 2020 By phone, some have accused staff of not doing enough for their family members or have requested transfers to other facilities, implying the care was substandard. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Burnout. Trauma. Disillusionment: The toll of COVID-19 on San Antonio hospital workers," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of substandard

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of substandard was in 1850

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20 Jan 2021

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“Substandard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substandard. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for substandard

substandard

adjective
How to pronounce substandard (audio)

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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