underpowered

adjective
un·der·pow·ered | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd \

Definition of underpowered 

1 : driven by an engine of insufficient power

2 : having or supplied with insufficient power

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Yet much of the art in this part of the show feels underpowered, and that goes double at an unassuming art space in the west of the city, where the show really collapses. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’," 12 June 2018 The German baritone Christian Immler, also familiar to early-music audiences in New York, gave a game if somewhat underpowered account of the title role. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 Prices for Chromebooks range from $169 for the underpowered Samsung 3 Chromebook to starting at $999 for the feature-rich Google Pixelbook. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Chromebooks: Are they worth it if you're not a student?," 30 May 2018 As local leaders gave comments and prayers through a set of underpowered speakers, the students only occasionally listened. Bob Ortega, CNN, "Santa Fe shooting survivor at vigil: 'All that was going through my head was to get out'," 19 May 2018 Fortunately, for the love of enthusiasts, Subaru amped up its performance portfolio with the WRX in 2001 because larger vehicles weren’t selling well, such as the cramped and underpowered three-row Tribeca crossover from 2005-2007. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Subaru at 50: How AWD, a flat engine and good timing prevailed in the U.S.," 28 Feb. 2018 Unfortunately, two of the most prominent versions of think tank job guarantee plans suffer from serious flaws — one is underpowered and the other much too ambitious. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why politicians should promise every American a job," 27 Apr. 2018 On top of that, Russia’s relative lack of technical prowess at the time meant the tank was underpowered and mechanically unreliable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'," 18 Apr. 2018 The only way to hit the $1,000 target and still get the whole kit is to buy the cheapest model, which uses a vastly underpowered processor. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of underpowered

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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