What does inferior mean?

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

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. inferior(Noun)

    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. inferior(Adjective)

    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. inferior(Adjective)

    of lower rank

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  4. inferior(Adjective)

    located below

    Etymology: Borrowed from inferior, the comparative of inferus.

  5. inferior(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Inferior(adj)

    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. Inferior(adj)

    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. Inferior(adj)

    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. 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

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

  6. Inferior(adj)

    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. Inferior(adj)

    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. Inferior(noun)

    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.

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How to say inferior in sign language?

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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. Og Mandino:

    If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions.

  2. Roosevelt, Eleanor:

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  3. 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.

  4. Melanie Gaydos:

    A lot of people treat me differently, as though I was mentally challenged or inferior to them. In reality ectodermal dysplasia is a physical condition.

  5. Clive Staples Lewis:

    What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented who are they to overtop their fellows And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

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