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The Definition of - inferior (noun)

    lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to):
    a rank inferior to colonel.
    lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base:
    descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
    of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard:
    an inferior product.
    less important, valuable, or worthy:
    B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
    acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre:
    an inferior observer of human nature.
    1. situated below some other organ.
    2. (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
    3. (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
    1. lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
    2. toward the feet.
      Compare superior (def 9).
    Astronomy. lying below the horizon:
    the inferior part of a meridian.
    Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript.
    Compare superior (def 10).
    a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
    Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text.
    Compare superior (def 12).

Word Example of - inferior

    Example Sentences for inferior

    The superior in rank and station should first salute the inferior.

    I tell you I was for many years of inferior rank to a boatswain.

    The drug was formerly in the British Pharmacopoeia, but is inferior to many other anthelmintics and is not now employed.

    But to us and to scientists, a child is inferior to this lowly invertebrate!

    Many remarkable resemblances may be seen between man and the inferior animals.

    To have neither superior, nor inferior, nor equal, united manlike to you.

    There are many, however, having his brand that are scarcely fit to be called Violins, so inferior is the work and wood.

    She was regarded as inferior to man, mentally as well as physically.

    He wrote: 'The array of talent is no doubt imposing, but far too much of the music is of an inferior stamp.

    It is harmless and usually improves the flavor of inferior coffee.

Word Origin & History of - inferior

    Word Origin & History

    inferior early 15c., from L. inferior "lower," comp. form of inferus (adj.) "that is below or beneath," from infra "below." Noun meaning "a person inferior to another in rank, etc.," is from c.1500. Inferiority complex first attested 1922."The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority." [John C. Calhoun]

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