Assume things are graded in some way and some level is assigned the attribute 'normal'. Things which stay (always) above this level are called elevated (relative to the norm). Things which stay (always) below this level are called what?

Edit: I have intentionally omitted a closer context because I am interested in the most general applicable word. But: the word should be used in a technical, neutral sense, not in a moral judgment.

Edit 2: The answer I choose is in fact a comment by @FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: "There is no canonical generally applicable word."

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    thesaurus.com/browse/elevated – mplungjan Nov 27 '13 at 15:37
  • There are numerous possibilities as reflected in the link @mplungjan offers. Many of these have different tones or common usages depending on the context. Medicine, money, weather, personal characteristics each may call for a different response. More info please. – bib Nov 27 '13 at 16:47
  • After looking at the link mplungjan provided I feel that FrustratedWithFormsDesigner might me right: that there is no canonical generally applicable word. – Sophia Antipolis Nov 27 '13 at 18:39
  • Not really sure what value you're looking for people to add — I can see what you'd specifically ask if you did want a certain conntext, but if you're not going to give any background, isn't a thesaurus the best bet? – anotherdave Nov 27 '13 at 19:07
  • @anotherdave I have commented on this before. In the thesaurus an example sentence is: "Psychological studies also indicate that highly creative people share an elevated risk of serious mental illness." This comes near to my intended use. – Sophia Antipolis Nov 27 '13 at 19:30

"Lowered" or "reduced" might work, but it's hard to say without some context.


Bob has an elevated level of foo.

Joe has a reduced level of foo.

Other phrases that might work are "less-than-average", "below-average", "subpar".

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    Or, depending on context, submerged or underground. – John Lawler Nov 27 '13 at 15:30
  • I have intentionally omitted a closer context because I am interested in the most general applicable word. – Sophia Antipolis Nov 27 '13 at 15:31
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    @SophiaAntipolis: I'm not sure there is a canonical generally applicable word. My personal choice would probably depend on context. – FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Nov 27 '13 at 15:32
  • My vague feeling is to search something which derives from the Latin 'supprimere'. But 'supprimated' seems not to exist. – Sophia Antipolis Nov 27 '13 at 15:42

"depressed" or "diminished" might be appropriate for your context (which I am not entire clear on).

  • I agree with depressed. – GEdgar Sep 9 '14 at 12:36

Deflated would be one possible choice among many.


I'm going with deelavated, it's the only answer that really makes sense to me...

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    Please improve your answer by explaining why you'd use a neologism (as it seems to be). – Matt E. Эллен Sep 9 '14 at 9:14

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