(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. inadequate; intolerable. See mediocrity, discontent.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. disappointing, below expectation, inadequate, displeasing, undeSirable, regrettable, disconcerting, disquieting, vexing, distressing, upsetting, disturbing, offensive, unacceptable, disagreeable, unwelcome, shocking, deficient; see also poor 2 .
Ant. excellent*, satisfactory, gratifying.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
inadequate, unfulfilling, unacceptable, deficient, insufficient, lacking, wanting, unworthy, *not up to par.
ANT.: satisfactory, good enough, adequate
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Below a standard of quality: bad, bum1, poor. Idioms: below par, not up to scratch (or snuff). See GOOD. 2. Tending to discourage, retard, or make more difficult: adverse, disadvantageous, negative, unadvantageous, unfavorable, untoward. See HELP.

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