underachievement

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un·der·a·chieve·ment

(ŭn'dĕr-ă-chēv'mĕnt),
Failure to achieve as well as one's abilities would seem to allow.
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Talented teams that underachieve and point fingers in the regular season, self-destruct in the playoffs.
It's full of people who are lazy and make excuses and underachieve.
Suggested title for the Dodgers' 1997 season highlight video: ``It takes a lot of talent to underachieve.
Hence, to the liberal mind: poverty causes crime; patriarchy and sexism wound girls' self-esteem, causing them to underachieve and unnecessarily limit their own career options; and the American history of slavery and Jim Crow creates a residual racism that causes a measure of self-loathing and self-destructive behavior among some African-Americans.
In general, their counseling needs may be outside of the awareness of teachers and school counselors until one of the well endowed suddenly underachieves in middle school, drops out of college, develops an eating disorder, or commits suicide.