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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being mediocre.
  • n. Mediocre ability, achievement, or performance.
  • n. One that displays mediocre qualities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean.
  • n. A middle course of action; moderation, balance.
  • n. The condition of being mediocre; having only an average degree of quality, skills etc.; no better than standard.
  • n. An individual with mediocre abilities or achievements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate.
  • n. Moderation; temperance.
  • n. A mediocre person; -- used disparagingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate; specifically, a moderate degree of mental ability.
  • n. Moderation; temperance.
  • n. A mediocre person; one of moderate capacity or ability; hence, a person of little note or repute; one who is little more than a nobody.
  • n. Synonyms Medium, Average, etc. See mean, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
  • n. a person of second-rate ability or value

Etymologies

From Latin mediocritās, from mediocris. (Wiktionary)

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