Definition of suboptimal in English:

suboptimal

adjective

  • Of less than the highest standard or quality.

    ‘suboptimal working conditions’
    • ‘The increasing scarcity of more desirable hardwoods led people to make use of structurally suboptimal building materials.’
    • ‘Everyone knows cookies, candy, cakes, pies, ice cream and other sweets offer suboptimal nutrition.’
    • ‘The process of implementation has been suboptimal, leading to reports of low morale by the NHS staff responsible for implementation.’
    • ‘Much of the time, management of patients who become critically ill before admission to an ICU may be suboptimal.’
    • ‘In observational studies of handwashing, the frequency and quality of hand hygiene are consistently suboptimal.’
    • ‘Currently, most bottled waters contain suboptimal levels of fluoride.’
    • ‘The presence of endometriosis, tubal factor, or suboptimal sperm quality may halve the likelihood of spontaneous conception.’
    • ‘Restrictions on trade provide, at best, a suboptimal approach to wildlife conservation.’
    • ‘I complained that conditions were suboptimal.’
    • ‘Their disappointing results were largely due to suboptimal screening methods.’

Pronunciation:

suboptimal

/sʌbˈɒptɪm(ə)l/