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Definition of "subnormal" []

  • Less than normal; below the average. (adjective)
  • One who is regarded as subnormal in some respect, such as in intelligence or coordination. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "subnormal" in a sentence
  • "That, though the occupations named are entirely normal to all well-ordered states, descendants of persons in those occupations tend to become "subnormal" -- so runs the cant of it -- something handicapped by that haphazard bullet of a lifetime since, fired to advance the glorious cause of -- foreign commerce, or the like."
  • "If the temperature is subnormal, that is, below the normal or regular body temperature, the packs should be applied in such a manner that a warming effect is produced, that is, less wet cloths and more dry covering should be used, and the packs left on the body"
  • "• "It does not concern me if Her Present Majesty is not a woman of great intellectual distinction – after all, our last monarch who did not at least border on the subnormal was James I, and he was a Scotchman without potty training.""