American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To imply or suggest a lower amount, quantity, quality, or degree of than is actually present: Management has seriously underrepresented the firm's financial problems.
“And protesters want to amend of the election law, which critics say is designed to underrepresent opposition elements in the legislature.”
“If you don't do cell phones," he says, "you underrepresent the people under 35, you underrepresent Hispanics and especially in Nevada, those are huge constituencies.”
“They particularly are underrepresented of the young voters 18-35, who typically have not voted and are Obama's 'base' and they also underrepresent the minority vote of Latinos and blacks as well as they overrepresent the white 'majority votes”
“The crosstabs in this PPP poll, once again, underrepresent the under 30 vote.”
“Better to oversaturate than to underrepresent -- isn't that the American way?”
“And because doctors are less good at record-keeping than they are at caregiving, they tend to underrepresent the services they provide.”
“The fact that YouTube and CNN would bill their debate as a bold new step for participatory democracy yet would so significantly underrepresent women's participation is another indication that media accountability is needed even in this brave new world of online communication, despite the much-ballyhooed gender equity it was supposed to bring.”
“Nobody knows for sure whether child-abuse numbers are inflated with spurious allegations, or vastly underrepresent a crime that is often kept secret.”
“The numbers likely underrepresent the true number of casualties according to the UN.”
“Dictionaries which simply crossreference alright to all right as the “proper” form typically underrepresent its various shades of meaning as a discourse symbol.”
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