Definition of suboptimal in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈäptəməl/


Of less than the highest standard or quality.
Example sentences
  • The presence of endometriosis, tubal factor, or suboptimal sperm quality may halve the likelihood of spontaneous conception.
  • In observational studies of handwashing, the frequency and quality of hand hygiene are consistently suboptimal.
  • I complained that conditions were suboptimal.



Example sentences
  • These kidneys may function suboptimally, which means that higher numbers of transplants must be balanced against the possibility of poorer transplant outcomes.
  • Often we are probably right to suspect that firms function suboptimally even when they make healthy profits.
  • That study included 284 patients, of whom 175 had controlled blood pressure and 109 had suboptimally controlled blood pressure.

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Syllabification: sub·op·ti·mal

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