Synonyms of 'substandard'
inferiorDictionary, inadequate, unacceptablea policy of clearing substandard housing
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Something that is imperfect has faults and is not exactly as you would like it to be.
We live in an imperfect world.
If someone feels inadequate, they feel that they do not have the qualities and abilities necessary to do something or to cope with life in general.
She felt quite painfully inadequate in the crisis.
If you describe something as second-rate, you mean that it is of poor quality.
another second-rate politician
low-rent (informal, US)
(strictly) for the birds (informal)
two-bit (US, Canadian, slang)
end-of-the-pier (British, informal)
no great shakes (informal)
cheap and nasty (informal)
bush-league (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
not much cop (British, slang)
tinhorn (US, slang)
half-pie (New Zealand, informal)
bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang)
Thesaurus for substandard from the Collins English Thesaurus
below an established or required standard