in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly.
in poor health; somewhat ill: I hear she's been poorly.
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How to use poorly in a sentence
However, as Nuismer, Bull and other researchers acknowledge, a poorly designed live virus could evolve after it was released and potentially become a pathogen again — the opposite of what researchers want.Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics? | Rodrigo Pérez Ortega | August 24, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Not surprisingly, the politicians most eager to claim the mantle of war leaders have performed poorly and lost public support.Why female leaders are faring better than ‘wartime presidents’ against COVID-19 | matthewheimer | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
N-tuples, however, did poorly for the intricacies of a face, whose appearance also varies with illumination, tilt of the head, facial expression, and the subject’s age.
Because he didn’t want poorly maintained machines to give his company a bad name, he rented the machines to his customers and included both service and support.
People who might have been helped by these researchers’ work will become disillusioned by technologies that perform poorly when it matters most.Too many AI researchers think real-world problems are not relevant | Amy Nordrum | August 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Pitchfork called him a “a rap-obsessed misfit from a summer camp who freestyles poorly” who is “ridiculous without knowing it.”The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’ | Marlow Stern | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Opened in Sept. 2002, this “poorly managed” detention facility was the second site opened by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’ | Shane Harris, Tim Mak | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The problem, of course, is that the “me vs. not me” response can serve us poorly in the more social sense.
And the criticism is always poorly packaged as concern or some sad excuse for a compliment.
Their fighting was poorly coordinated, their weapons were vintage pieces, mostly seized from the Ukrainian military.
Scientists tell us that from the point of view of optics the human eye is a clumsy instrument poorly contrived for its work.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The door opened, and there, poorly dressed in blouse and skirt, stood Miss Anne.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
It is a poorly appointed hotel that does not now have a garage of some sort, and in many cases, necessary supplies are available.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
It 67 was that the piece which reads smoothly seldom acts well; whereas a play that gets over the footlights usually reads poorly.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
The Liberal candidate wanted to address the colliers in one of the Lanarkshire towns; but his meeting was very poorly attended.
British Dictionary definitions for poorly
in a poor way or manner; badly
(usually postpositive) informal in poor health; rather ill: she's poorly today
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