Second-rate meaning

sĕkənd-rāt
Of inferior or mediocre quality or value.
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Second in quality, rank, etc.; second-class.
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Inferior; mediocre; inadequate.
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(military, nautical, historical) A British ship-of-the-line sail warship that has 90 to 98 guns dispersed onto 3 gundecks.
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Of mediocre quality, not first class.

They are intrigued by Mrs Deelville; she is dowdy, languid-voiced, and ill-dressed, in every way appearing second-rate, who nonethless - rather tiresomely - seems to have the knack of attracting men. - Rudyard Kipling A Second-rate Woman 1888

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Alternative spelling of second-rate.
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