Definition of underachievement in English:



mass noun
  • The fact of doing less well than expected, especially in schoolwork.

    ‘concern about the underachievement of pupils in secondary school’
    • ‘English sport, that institution of chronic underachievement, has suddenly found people who know how to win.’
    • ‘Perhaps even worse than stigmatizing minorities, affirmative action programs obscure the problems that lead to minority underachievement.’
    • ‘In school-age children, depression can manifest as underachievement and withdrawal from activities.’
    • ‘Our hope is to show how this disastrous underachievement might begin to be rectified.’
    • ‘It is a songwriting career of underachievement perforated by sublime moments.’