[ suhb-op-tuh-muhl ]
/ sʌbˈɒp tə məl /
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being below an optimal level or standard.
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Also sub·op·ti·mum [suhb-op-tuh-muhm]. /sʌbˈɒp tə məm/.
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How to use suboptimal in a sentence
And the long-term trend of growth—unsatisfying, sub-par, sub-optimal, and insufficient growth—is still intact.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year|Daniel Gross|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The patient declared cardiac dead has organs that are sub-optimal due to loss of blood flow to the organs.A Tragedy Compounded: The Heart-Wrenching Case of Jahi McMath May Have Devastating Consequences to Organ Donation|Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD|January 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no longer any room for those with sub-optimal looks.Marty Feldman: Dead Cool|Simon Doonan|November 2, 2009|DAILY BEAST