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

Examples of substandard in a Sentence

a teacher who rejects substandard work without hesitation
Recent Examples on the Web Do people in middle- and upper-income areas get the same treatment as people who live in neighborhoods with substandard housing, poor air quality and inadequate access to healthy food? Join us at 7 p.m. Veda Morgan, The Courier-Journal, 2 Dec. 2021 That is likely to increase the burden of fungal and mold-related illnesses, especially on marginalized groups who may already live in substandard housing or have been pushed to settle in low-lying areas or undisclosed flood plains. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 20 Sep. 2021 In 2016, a state audit found that the predominantly Black and Latino students at Bayside MLK had been suffering: There was rapid staff turnover, inadequate class offerings, excessive discipline and substandard academic performance. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Oct. 2021 After India’s substandard performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro — one silver and one bronze — the government began funneling money to a sports bureaucracy that was underfunded for decades and stained by corruption. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The win served as a deafening two-and-a-half hour catharsis for a fan base residing in an area whose difficulties since 1993 have gone well beyond the generally substandard performance of the Islanders. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 27 May 2021 The facilities that were singled out were suffering from substandard performance for delivery of election mail, according to data that the USPS was required to file regularly with the court. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, 4 Nov. 2020 Dontari Poe was released for his substandard performance, not his social protest. David Moore, Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2020 These days, many winemakers rush to can their products and put out a substandard package that hurts them in the long run. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of substandard

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Substandard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substandard. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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