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subnormal Syllabification: sub·nor·mal
Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈnôrməl/

Definition of subnormal in English:


Not meeting standards or reaching a level regarded as usual, especially with respect to intelligence or development.
Example sentences
  • Epilepsy does not shorten life or cause insanity or subnormal intelligence.
  • I suspect it was in fact a holding pen for all of Brighton's mentally subnormal and alcoholic inhabitants.
  • He's a man of limited intelligence, he's got a very subnormal IQ, and they wanted to hang the crime on someone.
below average, below normal, low, poor, subpar


Pronunciation: /ˌsəbnôrˈmalitē/
Example sentences
  • It was repeated in Egan, although in that case the abnormality of mind was mental impairment or subnormality which, as an ‘arrested or retarded state of mind’, was a permanent condition not related to D's powers of control.
  • These children exhibited significant problems of scholastic underachievement, without any evidence of mental subnormality, learning difficulty or any behavioural or emotional disorder.
  • They rely on an outdated definition of mental subnormality.

Words that rhyme with subnormal

abnormal, conformal, formal, normal, paranormal
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