un·​der·​em·​pha·​sis | \ ˌən-dər-ˈem(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce underemphasis (audio) \

Definition of underemphasis

: less emphasis than is possible or desirable

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Recent Examples on the Web The presence of such players—who inevitably become leaders on their college teams—may have helped spread the underemphasis on academics that already afflicts too many student athletes. Andrew Zimbalist, WSJ, "NBA Players Don’t Need College," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of underemphasis

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Underemphasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemphasis. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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