Definition of suboptimal in English:

Share this entry

suboptimal

Pronunciation: /sʌbˈɒptɪm(ə)l/

adjective

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.

Derivatives

suboptimally

adverb
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: sub|opti¦mal

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.