subnormal

[ suhb-nawr-muhl ]
/ sʌbˈnɔr məl /

adjective

below the normal; less than or inferior to the normal: a subnormal amount of rain.
being less than average in any psychological trait, as intelligence, personality, or emotional adjustment.

noun

a subnormal person.
Geometry. that part of the x-axis of a curve cut off between the ordinate and a normal.

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Origin of subnormal

First recorded in 1700–10; sub- + normal

OTHER WORDS FROM subnormal

sub·nor·mal·i·ty, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH subnormal

abnormal, subnormal
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British Dictionary definitions for subnormal

subnormal
/ (sʌbˈnɔːməl) /

adjective

less than the normal
having a low intelligence, esp having an IQ of less than 70

noun

a subnormal person

Derived forms of subnormal

subnormality (ˌsʌbnɔːˈmælɪtɪ), nounsubnormally, adverb
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