American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Less than normal; below the average.
- n. One who is regarded as subnormal in some respect, such as in intelligence or coordination.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Less than normal: abnormal by defect or deficiency.
- In mathematics, cut off by the normal.
- n. That part of the axis of a bscissas of a curve which is intercepted between the normal and the ordinate.
- adj. Less than normal.
- adj. computing theory denormal
- n. geometry That part of the axis of a curved line which is intercepted between the ordinate and the normal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geom.) That part of the axis of a curved line which is intercepted between the ordinate and the normal.
- n. a person of less than normal intelligence
- adj. below normal or average
- sub- + normal (Wiktionary)
“That, though the occupations named are entirely normal to all well-ordered states, descendants of persons in those occupations tend to become "subnormal" -- so runs the cant of it -- something handicapped by that haphazard bullet of a lifetime since, fired to advance the glorious cause of -- foreign commerce, or the like.”
“If the temperature is subnormal, that is, below the normal or regular body temperature, the packs should be applied in such a manner that a warming effect is produced, that is, less wet cloths and more dry covering should be used, and the packs left on the body”
“• "It does not concern me if Her Present Majesty is not a woman of great intellectual distinction – after all, our last monarch who did not at least border on the subnormal was James I, and he was a Scotchman without potty training.”
“You are mentally subnormal not unlike Trigg Palin, perhaps this is where your sympathies for this Diva Trollop stems from.”
“How about you, stupid troll whose brain and genitalia need threats to mitigate their subnormal size and decay due to atrophy?”
“Her tentacular contempt for Shakespeare and Beethoven and Karl Marx and facial hair and government and “subnormal” children and the poor and the Baby Jesus and the U.N. and homosexuals and “simpering” social workers and French Impressionism and a thousand other things the flesh is heir to: experience?”
“In part this is encouraged by schools, whose agenda of testing, leveling, and standardized scoring concerns many parents and leads them to fear that their children are somehow subnormal or failing.”
“In some cases, subnormal temperatures signal severe illnesses as well.”
“Rooster is the unofficial godfather of a merry band of working-class louts whom he lovingly describes, in one of his more printable turns of phrase, as "educationally subnormal outcasts.”
“But I do wonder how much of the bad behavior is the product of treating us like subnormal children on an institutional picnic.”
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