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

  • adj. Of inferior grade or quality: low-grade merchandise.
  • adj. Reduced in degree or intensity: a low-grade fever.

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  • adj. Of inferior quality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. inferior. Opposite of high-grade.

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

  • adj. of inferior quality


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