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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Failing to meet a standard; below standard.
  • adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or indicating a pattern of linguistic usage that does not conform to that of the prestige group in a speech community or to that of the standard language.
  • adj. Linguistics Not in accord with notions of good English; nonstandard. See Usage Note at nonstandard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of inferior quality; not meeting the minimum quality requirements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Less than the normal standard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. falling short of some prescribed norm

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