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Dictionary definition for: Poor

1. (s) moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average" "he would make a poor spy"

2. (s) deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim" "miserable victims of war" "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help" "pitiable homeless children" "a pitiful fate" "Oh, you poor thing" "his poor d

3. (a) having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries" "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

4. (a) characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy"

5. (s) low in degree; "expectations were poor"

6. (a) badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land" "the area was poor in timber and coal" "food poor in nutritive value"

7. (s) not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income" "a poor salary" "money is short" "on short rations" "food is in short supply" "short on experience"

8. (s) unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading" "poor morale"

9. (s) yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm" "poor soil"

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