Definition of substandard in English:



  • 1Below the usual or required standard.

    ‘substandard housing’
    • ‘The vast majority of the affected in San Salvador are poor inhabitants of apartment buildings and substandard housing.’
    • ‘It is meant to discover which areas have substandard housing and need federal help.’
    • ‘They'd been living like that for over six months, most of their money going on substandard accommodation due to a lack of affordable housing.’
    • ‘Families live in housing that is considered substandard by Western or Kenyan standards.’
    • ‘Parts of our communities have substandard housing.’
    • ‘The bill came to €106.90 between three, which was pretty expensive for the substandard food and shoddy service.’
    • ‘Living conditions, such as substandard housing, have a major impact on health.’
    • ‘I had to sign a form saying that I realised my performance was substandard and that the consequences of continued poor work had been explained to me.’
    • ‘If someone lives in substandard housing and a crisis occurs, most likely the person will eventually lose their home and end up on the street.’
    • ‘Despite working two or more jobs, many families still must pay out more than half their income for housing, or live in substandard conditions.’
    • ‘You are well aware that math and science education at the secondary and elementary level is substandard in comparison to most of the rest of the developed world.’
    • ‘However, the platform does not even hint that inadequate funding or substandard facilities are major factors in the crisis in education.’
    • ‘The evidence at trial did not indicate to me that defective or substandard materials were used in the construction of this house.’
    • ‘Jobs are scarce, housing is substandard but costly, and difficulties speaking English keep them in this cycle.’
    • ‘In the country's capital city, Santo Domingo, much of the housing is substandard and the quality of the water is poor.’
    • ‘He said the step was long overdue as the flats were in a poor condition because of the substandard material used by the engineers of the department.’
    • ‘Thousands of people live in poorly maintained public housing or equally substandard private rental accommodation.’
    • ‘The committee was also required to evaluate the extent and problem of spurious and substandard drugs in the country.’
    • ‘The bureau required the manufacture and sales of substandard toys to be stopped immediately.’
    • ‘Unemployment markedly increased, as did poverty, substandard housing, and cutbacks in basic governmental services.’
    inferior, second-rate, low-quality, low-grade, poor, poor-quality, inadequate, imperfect, faulty, defective, jerry-built, shoddy, shabby, crude, unsound, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, unworthy, disappointing
    below par, not up to scratch, not up to snuff, tenth-rate, crummy, lousy
    duff, ropy, rubbish
    crap, crappy
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  • 2

    another term for nonstandard
    • ‘If what I'm quoting is substandard, please let me know what sets the standard.’