un·​der·​em·​pha·​sis ˌən-dər-ˈem(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce underemphasis (audio)
: less emphasis than is possible or desirable

Examples of underemphasis in a Sentence

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, 24 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underemphasis was in 1916

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“Underemphasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underemphasis. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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