- below standard or less than adequate: substandard housing conditions.
- noting or pertaining to a dialect or variety of a language or a feature of usage that is often considered by others to mark its user as uneducated; nonstandard.
- not measuring up to an insurer's regular standards in undertaking risks: a substandard risk.
- pertaining to insurance written to cover substandard risks.
Origin of substandard
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Examples from the Web for substandard
The consequences of substandard teaching go far beyond whether college or a good job is in reach.Vergara v. California: The Most Important Court Case You’ve Never Heard Of
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This building is at risk of erupting into flames due to substandard electrical wiring, SIGAR found.
Milam expresses a similar sentiment, dismissing the misconception that Web productions are substandard to traditional media.Introducing ‘School of Thrones’: ‘Game of Thrones’ Parody Web Series
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Who will make sure that haste to satisfy the displaced does not lead to substandard building?How Will the Tri-State Area Rebuild After Sandy?
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They continue to be bogged down with allegations of substandard mental-health care.Armed Services Members MIA in Presidential Debates, Campaign
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Get rid of the substandard wiring, the ancient, lead-leaching plumbing, the cracked tile and water-warped crumbling plaster.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Substandard wages provide only a substandard market for the goods and services produced by American industry and agriculture.
This is shocking evidence that large sections of the population are at substandard levels of health.
- below an established or required standard
- another word for nonstandard
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Word Origin and History for substandard
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