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    Question Underachiever vs. Underperformer

    I would like to know the differences in connotation between "underschiever" and "underperformer," when we are talking about students. Which word sounds politer? Or, do they mean significantly different things?

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    Re: Underachiever vs. Underperformer

    Underperformer = Someone who is not performing to the level expected of them; lazy.
    Underachiever = Someone who is not able to get high results for whatever reason.
    Last edited by teechar; 23-Feb-2015 at 14:36. Reason: clarification

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    Re: Underachiever vs. Underperformer

    That's interesting. Several dictionaries specifically mention results that are lower than expected in the definition of "underachiever". That is how I understand the word. Underperformer is less specific. That could be a comparison to some external standard.

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