Definitions for underachievement

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•a•chieveˌʌn dər əˈtʃiv(v.i.)-a•chieved, -a•chiev•ing.

  1. to perform below the potential indicated by tests of one's mental ability or aptitude.

    Category: Education

  2. to perform below expectations; achieve less than expected.

    Category: Education

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. underachievement(noun)

    poorer than expected performance (poorer than might have been predicted from intelligence tests)


  1. underachievement(Noun)

    An achievement that is less than expected; underperformance.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Underachievement

    Performance, usually in school work, poorer than that predicted from aptitude and/or intelligence testing.


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