Definition of substandard in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌbˈstandəd/


1Below the usual or required standard: substandard housing
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  • Families live in housing that is considered substandard by Western or Kenyan standards.
  • In the country's capital city, Santo Domingo, much of the housing is substandard and the quality of the water is poor.
  • The vast majority of the affected in San Salvador are poor inhabitants of apartment buildings and substandard housing.
inferior, second-rate, low-quality, low-grade, poor, poor-quality, inadequate, imperfect, faulty, defective, jerry-built, shoddy, shabby, crude, unsound, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, unworthy, disappointing
informal below par, not up to scratch, not up to snuff, tenth-rate, crummy, lousy
British informal duff, ropy, rubbish
vulgar slang crap, crappy
North American vulgar slang chickenshit
2 another term for non-standard. sub-standard spellings
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  • If what I'm quoting is substandard, please let me know what sets the standard.
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