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suboptimal

[suhb-op-tuh-muh l]
adjective
  1. being below an optimal level or standard.
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Also sub·op·ti·mum [suhb-op-tuh-muh m] /sʌbˈɒp tə məm/.

Origin of suboptimal

First recorded in 1930–35; sub- + optimal
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suboptimal

adj.

also sub-optimal, 1901, from sub- + optimal. Related: Suboptimally.

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