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- adj. Less than prime; inferior.
- adj. (now worldwide) Designating a loan (typically at a greater than usual rate of interest) offered to a borrower who is not qualified for other loans (e.g. because of poor credit history).
- adj. (dated) Designating a type of commercial lending rate, less than the prime rate, offered to desirable borrowers.
- n. A subprime loan.
sub- + prime (Wiktionary)