What does inferior mean?

Definitions for inferior
ɪnˈfɪər i ərin·fe·ri·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inferiornoun

    one of lesser rank or station or quality

  2. subscript, inferioradjective

    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

  3. inferioradjective

    of or characteristic of low rank or importance

  4. inferioradjective

    of low or inferior quality

  5. subscript, inferioradjective

    written or printed below and to one side of another character

  6. inferioradjective

    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit

    "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"

  7. inferioradjective

    lower than a given reference point

    "inferior alveolar artery"

  8. deficient, inferior, substandardadjective

    falling short of some prescribed norm

    "substandard housing"

Wiktionary

  1. inferiornoun

    a person of lower stature to another

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

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  2. inferioradjective

    of lower quality

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

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  3. inferioradjective

    of lower rank

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  4. inferioradjective

    located below

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  5. inferioradjective

    In botany, inside the flower stalk below the petals. Said of an ovary.

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inferioradjective

    lower in place, rank, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  2. Inferioradjective

    poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  3. Inferioradjective

    nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  4. Inferioradjective

    below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a meridian

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  5. Inferioradjective

    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

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  6. Inferioradjective

    on the side of a flower which is next the bract; anterior

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  7. Inferioradjective

    junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

  8. Inferiornoun

    a person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another

    Etymology: [L., compar. of inferus that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F. infrieur. See Under.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inferior

    in-fē′ri-ur, adj. lower in any respect: subordinate: secondary.—n. one lower in rank or station: one younger than another.—n. Inferior′ity, the state of being inferior: a lower position in any respect.—adv. Infē′riorly, in an inferior manner. [L. inferior, comp. of inferus, low.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inferior

    In a military sense means simply junior in rank, having a lower rank.

Entomology

  1. Inferior

    beneath, below or behind: a term of position.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inferior in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inferior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of inferior in a Sentence

  1. Bernard Mandeville:

    We seldom call anybody lazy, but such as we reckon inferior to us, and of whom we expect some service.

  2. Jonah Gelbach:

    Judge Orrick's court is a trial court and it follows the precedents of the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court. He is not on equal footing of a 9th Circuit judge, in fact his court is inferior to the 9th Circuit, if Orrick has made a mistake of law then the government can count on winning an appeal should it choose to file one.

  3. Glenn Youngkin:

    This is a comprehensive problem across Virginia, and McAuliffe’s silence on this topic is deafening, critical race theory, which tries to teach our kids to feel inferior to one another, is exactly the opposite of what we need to do to bring them together to achieve their wildest dreams.

  4. Richard Gillespie:

    Counterfeit products can be deceiving at first glance, they're often cheaper and can appear very similar to the real thing. However, inferior products can end up costing consumers more than if they purchased the genuine item because of the high likelihood of substandard materials and malfunctioning parts.

  5. Richard Blumenthal:

    I believe strongly that federal watchdog agencies have a role in protecting consumers because serious safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering often involving the use of inferior or even salvaged or counterfeit parts.

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