What does inferior mean?

Definitions for inferiorɪnˈfɪər i ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inferior.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inferior(noun)

    one of lesser rank or station or quality

  2. subscript, inferior(adj)

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

  3. inferior(adj)

    of or characteristic of low rank or importance

  4. inferior(adj)

    of low or inferior quality

  5. subscript, inferior(adj)

    written or printed below and to one side of another character

  6. inferior(adj)

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

    "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"

  7. inferior(adj)

    lower than a given reference point

    "inferior alveolar artery"

  8. deficient, inferior, substandard(adj)

    falling short of some prescribed norm

    "substandard housing"


  1. inferior(Noun)

    a person of lower stature to another

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

  2. inferior(Adjective)

    of lower quality

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

  3. inferior(Adjective)

    of lower rank

  4. inferior(Adjective)

    located below

  5. inferior(Adjective)

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

  6. Origin: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inferior(adj)

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

  2. Inferior(adj)

    poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods

  3. Inferior(adj)

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

  4. Inferior(adj)

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

  5. Inferior(adj)

    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

  6. Inferior(adj)

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

  7. Inferior(adj)

    junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer

  8. Inferior(noun)

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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alfred Adler:

    To be human means to feel inferior.

  2. Roosevelt, Eleanor:

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  3. Aristotle:

    A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

  4. Katherine Hepburn:

    I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be inferior.

  5. Katharine Hepburn:

    I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.

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