suboptimal

[ suhb-op-tuh-muh l ]
/ sʌbˈɒp tə məl /

adjective

being below an optimal level or standard.

Nearby words

  1. suboccipital nerve,
  2. suboccipitobregmatic diameter,
  3. subocean,
  4. suboceanic,
  5. subofficer,
  6. suborbital,
  7. suborder,
  8. subordinal,
  9. subordinary,
  10. subordinate

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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Word Origin and History for suboptimal

suboptimal

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper