un·​der·​pow·​ered ˌən-dər-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce underpowered (audio)
: driven by an engine of insufficient power
: having or supplied with insufficient power

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Median power was rather predicted by the summary effect size: In other words, the many underpowered studies tended to be the ones which estimated smaller effects, but not those with smaller samples. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2013 Only the presence of the embarrassingly underpowered 300SL saved the XJS from the wrong kind of performance distinction in this test. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, 30 Dec. 2022 The relatively underpowered Martina Hingis played tennis akin to chess or geometry by changing paces, angles and trajectories. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2022 But especially as a $4,300 desktop, there are certainly people who would consider this system who will be turned off by its underpowered CPU. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 12 Oct. 2022 Helsinki’s a small city in a comparatively small country, which means its investment sector is comparatively underpowered—but that’s changing, and fast. WIRED, 8 Oct. 2022 It could also be considered the most French car of the lot in that it’s gorgeous, comfortable, and underpowered. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2022 Hanging out with Birbiglia is an enjoyably relaxed affair, but the show sometimes feels underpowered. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Thomas Gottstein, a genial but underpowered CEO with longstanding investment bank ties, is out. Myriam Balezou, Fortune, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underpowered was in 1905

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“Underpowered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpowered. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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