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Often for configuration settings we have minimum and maximum numeric values. An error message might report that one has exceeded the maximum value. But it seems very wrong to report that one exceeded the minimum value. Is there an equivalent to exceeded that means went below?

What would be an appropriate opposite of "exceed"? is related, but the answers did not seem to apply well to numeric values.

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As the tag indicates, I'm hoping for a one-word answer. Perhaps I should have been explicit in the question. –  walrii Sep 14 '12 at 21:17
    
In the workplace, I've seen forms that had three options: (a) met standards; (b) exceeded standards; and (c) did not meet (or, failed to meet) standards. I'm not saying that there's not a single word (that's why this is just a comment), but I do think it's worth pointing out that there is precedent for using "does not meet," so that may be the most straightforward way to express the sentiment. –  J.R. Sep 14 '12 at 21:26

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I'd go with "underperform".

Though it doesn't mean it's just below the expected aim. Curious to know if there's such a word for this particular case.

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For an error message, one might

  • fall short of
  • not reach/attain
  • fail to reach
  • fall below

a minimum value.

For a single word, you could say the minimum value is unattained, but that's an awkward way of putting things.

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My suggestions are:

  • To fall below
  • To deceed
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In my head I tried things like deceeded, underseeded, receeded, ... :) –  walrii Sep 14 '12 at 21:20
    
googling for "deceed" is interesting. –  walrii Sep 14 '12 at 23:02
    
I've removed the last paragraph because coming up with neologisms is not the purpose of single-word requests, and not a good use of the SE format anyway. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise. Coining new words is the opposite of that; it solicits debate, arguments, polling, and extended discussion. In fact, even deceed is a questionable choice, and I would expect it to be clearly labeled as such. –  RegDwigнt Sep 14 '12 at 23:44

You could use undershoot or under deliver.

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My initial thought was 'outside the limit', but when I googled it, I found examples that went 'beyond the limit'.

My next thought was 'under the limit'.

What is Under the Limit?

Outside the tolerance

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The term underrange is apparently used. Its obverse is overrange.

It doesn't appear to be very common though.

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