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in·fe·ri·or

 (ĭn-fîr′ē-ər)
adj.
1. Low or lower in order, degree, or rank: Captain is an inferior rank to major.
2.
a. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation: inferior craft; felt inferior to his older sibling.
b. Second-rate; poor: an inferior translation.
3. Situated under or beneath.
4. Botany Located below the perianth and other floral parts. Used of an ovary.
5. Anatomy Located beneath or directed downward.
6. Printing Set below the normal line of type; subscript.
7. Astronomy
a. Orbiting between Earth and the sun: Mercury is an inferior planet.
b. Lying below the horizon.
n.
1. A person lower in rank, status, or accomplishment than another.
2. Printing An inferior character, such as the number 2 in CO2.

[Middle English, from Latin īnferior, comparative of īnferus, low; see n̥dher- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fe′ri·or′i·ty (-ôr′ĭ-tē, -ŏr′-) n.
in·fe′ri·or·ly adv.

inferior

(ɪnˈfɪərɪə)
adj
1. lower in value or quality
2. lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
3. not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
4. lower in position; situated beneath
5. (Botany) (of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
6. (Astronomy) astronomy
a. orbiting or occurring between the sun and the earth: an inferior planet; inferior conjunction.
b. lying below the horizon
7. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
n
8. an inferior person
9. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing an inferior character
[C15: from Latin: lower, from inferus low]
inferiority n
inˈferiorly adv

in•fe•ri•or

(ɪnˈfɪər i ər)

adj.
1. low or lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often fol. by to).
2. low or lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base.
3. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard.
4. Bot.
a. situated below some other organ.
b. (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
c. (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
5. Anat. (of an organ or part)
a. lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
b. being toward the feet.
Compare superior (def. 9).
6. Astron.
a. (of a planet) having an orbit within that of the earth, as Mercury and Venus.
b. (of a conjunction of an inferior planet) taking place between the sun and the earth.
7. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H2O; subscript. Compare superior (def. 11).
n.
8. a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, derivative of infer(us) lower]
in•fe•ri•or•i•ty (ɪnˌfɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-) n.
in•fe′ri•or•ly, adv.

inferior

If one thing is inferior to another, it is of poorer quality than the other thing.

His photographs were inferior to those taken by Ernie.
Tolstoy's thinking was vastly inferior to his fiction.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inferior - one of lesser rank or station or quality
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
higher-up, superior, superordinate - one of greater rank or station or quality
2.inferior - a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
Adj.1.inferior - of or characteristic of low rank or importance
subordinate, low-level - lower in rank or importance
low - literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension; "low ceilings"; "low clouds"; "low hills"; "the sun is low"; "low furniture"; "a low bow"
low - less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; "low prices"; "the reservoir is low"
superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior ruler"
2.inferior - of low or inferior quality
worst - (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition; "the worst player on the team"; "the worst weather of the year"
superior - of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
3.inferior - written or printed below and to one side of another character
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
4.inferior - having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
superior - having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"
5.inferior - lower than a given reference point; "inferior alveolar artery"
anatomy, general anatomy - the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals
bottom - situated at the bottom or lowest position; "the bottom drawer"
6.inferior - falling short of some prescribed norm; "substandard housing"
nonstandard - varying from or not adhering to a standard; "nonstandard windows"; "envelopes of nonstandard sizes"; "nonstandard lengths of board"

inferior

adjective
1. lower, junior, minor, secondary, subsidiary, lesser, humble, subordinate, lowly, less important, menial the inferior status of women in many societies
lower higher, senior, superior, greater, top
2. substandard, bad, poor, mean, worse, poorer, pants (informal), flawed, rotten, dire, indifferent, duff (Brit. informal), mediocre, second-class, deficient, imperfect, second-rate, shoddy, low-grade, unsound, downmarket, low-rent (informal, chiefly U.S.), for the birds (informal), wretched, two-bit (U.S. & Canad. slang), crappy (slang), no great shakes (informal), poxy (slang), dime-a-dozen (informal), piss-poor (slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang), bush-league (Austral. & N.Z. informal), not much cop (Brit. slang), tinhorn (U.S. slang), half-pie (N.Z. informal), of a sort or of sorts, strictly for the birds (informal) The cassettes were of inferior quality.
substandard fine, excellent, first-class
noun
1. underling, junior, subordinate, lesser, menial, minion It was a gentleman's duty to be civil, even to his inferiors.
Quotations
"No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent" [Eleanor Roosevelt]

inferior

adjective
1. Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
noun
One belonging to a lower class or rank:
Translations
أَدْنَىدون، أدْنىرَديء، أدنى درجَةًسُفْليّ
podřízenýhoršípodřadnějšípodřadný
underordnetdårligereringe
alempiarvoinen henkilöhuonompi
podređenislabiji
rosszabb minőségű
lægra setturlægri; lélegur; lélegri
劣った目下の者
손아랫사람열등한
blogesnė kokybėblogesnisnepilnavertiškumasžemesnė padėtisžemesnis
mazvērtīgākssliktāks
podradnejší
manjvredenpodrejen
underlägsenunderordnad
ด้อยกว่าผู้ด้อยกว่า
aşağıastnitelikçe/değerce daha düşükalt
thua kémthuộc cấp

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪərɪəʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (in quality, rank) [person, status, position] → inferior; [product, work, service] → de calidad inferior
to feel inferiorsentirse inferior
of inferior qualityde calidad inferior
to be inferior to sth/sbser inferior a algo/algn
2. (Anat, Bot) (= lower) → inferior
B. N
1. (= inferior person) → inferior mf
2. (= person lower in rank) → inferior mf, subalterno/a m/f

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪəriər]
adj
[person, quality, status] → inférieur(e)
to feel inferior → se sentir inférieur(e)
to make sb feel inferior → donner à qn un sentiment d'infériorité
to feel inferior to sb → se sentir inférieur(e) à qn
to be inferior to → être inférieur(e) à
n
(= person of lesser worth) → inférieur(e) m/f
to consider sb an inferior → considérer qn comme inférieur(e)
(in rank)subalterne mf

inferior

adj
(in quality) → minderwertig; personunterlegen; (in rank) → untergeordnet, niedriger; qualitygeringer, minderwertig; (Jur) courtuntergeordnet; an inferior workmanein weniger guter Handwerker; to be inferior to something (in quality) → von minderer or geringerer Qualität sein als etw, gegen etw abfallen or nicht ankommen; to be inferior to somebodyjdm unterlegen sein; (in rank) → jdm untergeordnet or nachgestellt sein; he feels inferiorer kommt sich (dat)unterlegen or minderwertig vor
(Typ) inferior lettertiefstehender Buchstabe
(Biol) order, speciesniedriger
n one’s inferiors (in social standing) → Leute or Personen plaus einer niedrigeren Schicht; (in rank) → seine Untergebenen pl

inferior

[ɪnˈfɪərɪəʳ]
1. adj (in quality, rank) inferior (to)inferiore (a); (work, goods) → scadente
to feel inferior → sentirsi inferiore
2. ninferiore m/f; (in rank) → subalterno/a

inferior

(inˈfiəriə) adjective
(sometimes with to).
1. of poor, or poorer, quality etc. This carpet is inferior to that.
2. lower in rank. Is a colonel inferior to a brigadier?
inˌferiˈority (-ˈo-) noun

inferior

أَدْنَى, سُفْليّ podřadný, podřízený ringe, underordnet Untergebener, untergeordnet υποδεέστερος, υφιστάμενος inferior alempiarvoinen henkilö, huonompi inférieur, subordonné podređeni, slabiji inferiore 劣った, 目下の者 손아랫사람, 열등한 inferieur, ondergeschikte underlegen, underordnet niższy, podwładny inferior низший underlägsen, underordnad ด้อยกว่า, ผู้ด้อยกว่า aşağı, ast thua kém, thuộc cấp 下等的, 下级

in·fer·i·or

a. inferior.

inferior

adj (anat) inferior
References in classic literature ?
Major Heyward, you are yourself born at the south, where these unfortunate beings are considered of a race inferior to your own.
Applying himself in earlier manhood to the study of the law, and having a natural tendency towards office, he had attained, many years ago, to a judicial situation in some inferior court, which gave him for life the very desirable and imposing title of judge.
Never was there a more beautiful example of how the majesty of age and wisdom may comport with the obeisance and respect enjoined upon it, as from a lower social rank, and inferior order of endowment, towards a higher.
The schoolmaster is generally a man of some importance in the female circle of a rural neighborhood; being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parson.
What surpassed everything was that there was a little boy in the world who could have for the inferior age, sex, and intelligence so fine a consideration.
It yields the article commonly known as whalebone or baleen; and the oil specially known as whale oil, an inferior article in commerce.
And though all hands commonly disdained the capture of those inferior creatures; and though the Pequod was not commissioned to cruise for them at all, and though she had passed numbers of them near the Crozetts without lowering a boat; yet now that a Sperm Whale had been brought alongside and beheaded, to the surprise of all, the announcement was made that a Right Whale should be captured that day, if opportunity offered.
The evening meal at the house is over, and Aunt Chloe, who presided over its preparation as head cook, has left to inferior officers in the kitchen the business of clearing away and washing dishes, and come out into her own snug territories, to "get her ole man's supper"; therefore, doubt not that it is her you see by the fire, presiding with anxious interest over certain frizzling items in a stew-pan, and anon with grave consideration lifting the cover of a bake-kettle, from whence steam forth indubitable intimations of "something good.
The inferior mountains on each side of the pass form a sort of frame for the picture of their dread lord, and close in the view so completely that no other prominent feature in the Oberland is visible from this BONG-A-BONG; nothing withdraws the attention from the solitary grandeur of the Finsteraarhorn and the dependent spurs which form the abutments of the central peak.
Even the Great House itself, with all its pictures, was far inferior to many buildings in Bal- timore.
Those soft blue eyes, and all those natural graces, should not be wasted on the inferior society of Highbury and its connexions.
I feel no sentiment of approbation inferior to love.