un·​der·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌən-dər-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce underproduction (audio) \

Definition of underproduction

: the production of less than enough to satisfy the demand or of less than the usual amount

Examples of underproduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The difference is that this time around there is an awareness that two decades of underproduction of housing is making California unsustainable. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 July 2021 Dry skin is characterized by an underproduction of sebum, the naturally occurring waxy substance that coats and moisturizes your skin. Sarah Y. Wu, Marie Claire, 7 Apr. 2021 No other player drafted (or signed as an amateur) and developed by the club has done it over the past four seasons — a concerningly short list that has coincided with annual underproduction from the starting rotation. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2021 These characteristics are likely to lower hypertension, the study said, as hypertensionmay be caused by underproduction of vasodilators that help blood flow, and thickening arteries. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 23 Apr. 2020 Depending on the disease, this might lead to the overactivation of immune cells, for example, or the underproduction of a hormone. Quanta Magazine, 20 June 2018 Overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormone afflicts as many as 20 million Americans, including a disproportionate number of women and the elderly. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of underproduction

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Underproduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underproduction. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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