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suboptimal Line breaks: sub|opti¦mal
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɒptɪm(ə)l/

Definition of suboptimal in English:


Of less than the highest standard or quality: suboptimal working conditions
More 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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