having insufficient organizational strength; lacking in personnel: an understrength army.
insufficient in power or efficacy.
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How to use understrength in a sentence
To integrate Negroes into white combat units, already dangerously understrength, would threaten the Army's fighting ability.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 | Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.