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"


  1. inferiornoun

    a person of lower stature to another

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

  2. inferioradjective

    of lower quality

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

  3. inferioradjective

    of lower rank

  4. inferioradjective

    located below

  5. inferioradjective

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

  6. 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

  2. Inferioradjective

    poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods

  3. Inferioradjective

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

  4. Inferioradjective

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

  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

  6. Inferioradjective

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

  7. Inferioradjective

    junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer

  8. Inferiornoun

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

  9. 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.


  1. Inferior

    beneath, below or behind: a term of position.

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  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. Margaret Murray:

    Indeed, the district court itself recognized that administration's decision allows junk insurance to compete directly with comprehensive, Affordable Care Act-compliant insurance plans, that result subverts the health care protections of the ACA. Junk insurance, no matter what it's called, is an inferior and hazardous substitute for comprehensive coverage.

  2. Alyson Stoner:

    What I love is that their approach is not a common western individualistic approach which is 'we are the solution for your problem.' It’s not a superior helping an inferior, it’s really dropping all of our differences and working alongside another human being asking how they are doing and doing life with them. Developing relationships that are consistent—and not a onetime handout –that is when you see the transformation.

  3. John Kennedy, Autobiography of malcolm x:

    Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of our racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.

  4. Eleanor Roosevelt:

    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

  5. Katharine Hepburn:

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

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