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

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First, by Life magazine, whose report on poverty in Latin America was motivated not by investigating inequity, but by the Cold War preoccupation that substandard living conditions could generate communists. Los Angeles Times, "Flavio da Silva, photographed as a boy in Brazil’s favelas, on the images that outraged," 19 July 2019 Detention centers have become a flash point in recent weeks amid reports of substandard conditions at facilities for migrant children. Lananh Nguyen, chicagotribune.com, "Bank of America will stop lending to companies that run immigration detention centers or prisons," 27 June 2019 Police inspected McGown’s home five days after capturing Chomp and seized 32 other animals living in substandard conditions including three gators, two pythons, four iguanas and four hairless rats, according to the Journal. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Alligators in Pittsburgh? Southeastern reptiles are appearing in places they shouldn’t: report," 24 June 2019 Did black children suffer at substandard public schools? Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 The Nintendo Switch also has a non-compliant USB-C port and Nintendo has warned against using substandard cables with the device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Raspberry Pi admits to faulty USB-C design on the Pi 4," 9 July 2019 Latino and immigrant activists have condemned President Donald Trump’s response to detaining migrants, which has included separating families and detaining children in overcrowded and substandard facilities. Washington Post, "Democrats’ use of Spanish in debate evokes praise, eye rolls," 27 June 2019 But many car makers have churned out low-quality cars with substandard batteries to take advantage of the subsidies. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "A New Road for Electric Vehicles in China," 25 June 2019 The wider perspective is mine: More than 100 children died of encephalitis in just one hospital, their deaths preceded by malnutrition, which obviously has not been addressed at substandard creches and health centres. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of substandard

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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