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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being mediocre.
  • noun Mediocre ability, achievement, or performance.
  • noun One that displays mediocre qualities.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or state of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate; specifically, a moderate degree of mental ability.
  • noun Moderation; temperance.
  • noun A mediocre person; one of moderate capacity or ability; hence, a person of little note or repute; one who is little more than a nobody.
  • noun Synonyms Medium, Average, etc. See mean, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate.
  • noun obsolete Moderation; temperance.
  • noun A mediocre person; -- used disparagingly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean.
  • noun obsolete A middle course of action; moderation, balance.
  • noun uncountable The condition of being mediocre; having only an average degree of quality, skills etc.; no better than standard.
  • noun An individual with mediocre abilities or achievements.

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

  • noun ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
  • noun a person of second-rate ability or value

Etymologies

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From Latin mediocritās, from mediocris.

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