- An example of inferior is a cheap knock-off purse, which is of low quality.
- An example of inferior is a job that is not as good as other positions.
- lower in space; placed lower down
- low or lower in order, status, rank, etc.; subordinate
- lower in quality or value than: with to
- poor in quality; below average
- Anat. located below or directed downward
- Astron. designating or of planets between the earth and the sun
- Bot. having the sepals, petals, and stamens attached at the apex: said of the ovary of an epigynous flower
- Printing placed below the type line (Ex.: 2 in NO)
Origin of inferiorMiddle English from L, comparative of inferus, low, below from Indo-European an unverified form ?dheros from base an unverified form ?dhos, under
- Low or lower in order, degree, or rank: Captain is an inferior rank to major.
- a. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation: inferior craft; felt inferior to his older sibling.b. Second-rate; poor: an inferior translation.
- Situated under or beneath.
- Botany Located below the perianth and other floral parts. Used of an ovary.
- Anatomy Located beneath or directed downward.
- Printing Set below the normal line of type; subscript.
- Astronomy a. Orbiting between Earth and the sun: Mercury is an inferior planet.b. Lying below the horizon.
- A person lower in rank, status, or accomplishment than another.
- Printing An inferior character, such as the number 2 in CO2.
Origin of inferiorMiddle English from Latin īnferior comparative of īnferus low ; see &nlowring;dher- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more inferior, superlative most inferi)
- of lower quality
- Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.
- of lower rank
- an inferior officer
- located below
- (botany) Situated below some other organ; said of a calyx when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior calyx.
- (botany) On the side of a flower which is next to the bract; anterior.
- (astronomy) Nearer to the Sun than the Earth is.
- the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus
- (astronomy) Below the horizon.
- the inferior part of a meridian
- a person of lower stature to another
- As you are my inferior, I can tell you to do anything I want.
Borrowed from Latin īnferior (“lower, inferior”), the comparative of īnferus (“low, nether, underground”).