underaction

noun

Definition of underaction

1 : subordinate action : a minor action incidental or subsidiary to the main story : episode
2 : subnormal or insufficient action underaction of focusing muscles of the eye

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History and Etymology for underaction

under entry 3 + action

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“Underaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underaction. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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