American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Less than the normal standard.
- adj. falling short of some prescribed norm
“County officials were forced to make a funding decision after Minor League Baseball Director Mark Scialabba sent a letter to Major League Baseball officials, outlining what he called substandard conditions at a stadium that continues to "deteriorate.”
“However, Auckland engineer John Scarry, who has lobbied successive Governments about what he calls substandard practices in the industry, says the new regulatory system is superficial.”
“Workers and union organizers protesting what they call substandard wages and unfair labor practices at local public schools and universities by the international food-service giant”
“He wants to put what he calls substandard people into substandard housing," snapped Dick Lippert, the top enforcer of St. Paul's building codes.”
“Operating a business based on hiring and employing the lowest-cost worker, however, usually results in substandard products.”
“Your suggestion that they would be party to something substandard is baseless and wrong, and the sign of a sour disposition.”
“Cylinders not meeting these requirements are often referred to as substandard or noncompliant.”
“It was, ‘Do I continue in substandard living or move on into something more lucrative?’”
“B.T.W. althewhile the low wage earners languished in substandard paychecks, the politicians saw fit to ingratiate themselves every year for the past 9 years.”
“Some children are exposed to lead paint (especially those raised in substandard housing) which severly impairs their IQ and learning abilities.”
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