substandard

[ suhb-stan-derd ]
/ sʌbˈstæn dərd /

adjective

below standard or less than adequate: substandard housing conditions.
noting or pertaining to a dialect or variety of a language or a feature of usage that is often considered by others to mark its user as uneducated; nonstandard.
Insurance.
  1. not measuring up to an insurer's regular standards in undertaking risks: a substandard risk.
  2. pertaining to insurance written to cover substandard risks.

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Origin of substandard

First recorded in 1895–1900; sub- + standard
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British Dictionary definitions for substandard

substandard
/ (sʌbˈstændəd) /

adjective

below an established or required standard
another word for nonstandard
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