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Meaning of substandard

sub•stand•ard

Pronunciation: (sub-stan'durd), [key]
— adj.
  1. below standard or less than adequate: substandard housing conditions.
  2. noting or pertaining to a dialect or variety of a language or a feature of usage that is often considered by others to mark its user as uneducated; nonstandard.
  3. a substandard risk.
    1. not measuring up to an insurer's regular standards in undertaking risks:a substandard risk.
    2. pertaining to insurance written to cover substandard risks.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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