Inferior definition

ĭn-fîrē-ər
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A person lower in rank, status, or accomplishment than another.
noun
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Poor in quality; below average.
adjective
9
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Situated under or beneath.
adjective
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(printing) An inferior character, such as the number 2 in CO2.
noun
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(printing) Set below the normal line of type; subscript.
adjective
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Lower in space; placed lower down.
adjective
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The definition of inferior is someone or something that is not very good, that is not as good as something else, or that is of lower quality.

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.

adjective
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Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation.

Inferior craft; felt inferior to his older sibling.

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Second-rate; poor.

An inferior translation.

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Orbiting between Earth and the sun.

Mercury is an inferior planet.

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Lying below the horizon.
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Low or lower in order, status, rank, etc.; subordinate.
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(anat.) Located below or directed downward.
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Lower in quality or value than.
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(astron.) Designating or of planets between the earth and the sun.
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(bot.) Having the sepals, petals, and stamens attached at the apex.
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(printing) Placed below the type line (Ex.: 2 in NO2)
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In human anatomy, situated nearer the soles of the feet in relation to a specific reference point.
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Of lower quality.

Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.

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Of lower rank.

An inferior officer.

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Located below.
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(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.
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(botany) On the side of a flower which is next to the bract; anterior.
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(astronomy) Nearer to the Sun than the Earth is.

The inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus.

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(astronomy) Below the horizon.

The inferior part of a meridian.

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A person of lower stature to another.

As you are my inferior, I can tell you to do anything I want.

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Situated below or directed downward.
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Low or lower in order, degree, or rank.

Captain is an inferior rank to major.

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(botany) Located below the perianth and other floral parts. Used of an ovary.
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(anatomy) Located beneath or directed downward.
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An inferior person or thing.
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Low or lower in order, degree, or value.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
inferior
Plural:
inferiors

Origin of inferior

  • Middle English from Latin īnferior comparative of īnferus low n̥dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Latin īnferior (“lower, inferior”), the comparative of īnferus (“low, nether, underground”).

    From Wiktionary