Superior meaning

so͝o-pîrē-ər
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The definition of a superior is someone who is higher in degree, rank, numbers, etc. than others.

An example of a superior is the manager of a company.

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Superior means higher or greater in value.

An example of superior used as an adjective is a superior manager which means a manager whose skills have been evaluated as excellent.

An example of superior used as an adjective is a superior grade of 100% on an exam.

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Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.

A superior officer.

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Of a higher nature or kind.
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Higher in space; placed higher up; upper.
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Of great value or excellence; extraordinary.
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Presuming to be or suggesting that one is morally or socially better than others; disdainful or supercilious.
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High or higher in order, status, rank, etc.
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Above average in quality; excellent.
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Showing a feeling of being better than others; haughty.
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Above being affected or influenced; indifferent or immune.
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A superior person or thing.
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The senior person in a monastic community.
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Greater in number or amount than another.

An army defeated by superior numbers of enemy troops.

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Located higher than another; upper.
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(botany) Inserted or situated above the perianth. Used of an ovary.
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(printing) Set above the main line of type.
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(logic) Of wider or more comprehensive application; generic. Used of a term or proposition.
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One that surpasses another in rank or quality.
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(ecclesiastical) The head of a religious community, such as a monastery, abbey, or convent.
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(printing) A superior character, as the number 2 in x2 .
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Greater in quality or value than.
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Refusing to give in to or be affected by.

A person superior to temptation.

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More comprehensive or inclusive; generic.
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(anat.) Located above or directed upward.
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(printing) Placed above the type line (Ex.: 2 in x2)
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The head of a religious community.
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(place) Largest & westernmost of the Great Lakes, between Mich. & Ontario, Canada: 31,700 sq mi (82,103 sq km)
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Situated above or directed upward.
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Situated nearer the top of the head.
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Rebecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.

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More comprehensive, as a term in classification.

A genus is superior to a species.

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Located above.
  • (botany) Above the ovary; said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.
  • (botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
  • (botany) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; said of the radicle.

The superior jaw; the superior part of an image.

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Greater or better than average; extraordinary.
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Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; with to.
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A person of higher rank or quality.
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Origin of superior

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin comparative of superus upper from super over uper in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin superior (“higher, being more above"), from superus (“being above"), from super (“above, over").

    From Wiktionary