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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inferiority - the state of being inferior
low status, lowness, lowliness - a position of inferior status; low in station or rank or fortune or estimation
backseat - a secondary or inferior position or status; "tennis has had to take a backseat while his work is so demanding"
shade - a position of relative inferiority; "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"
subordinateness, subsidiarity - secondary importance
2.inferiority - an inferior quality
caliber, calibre, quality - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
poorness - the quality of being poorly made or maintained; "she was unrecognizable because of the poorness of the photography"
scrubbiness, scrawniness - the property of being stunted and inferior in size or quality; "the scrawniness of sickly trees"
second class - not the highest quality in a classification
wretchedness - the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry; "he has compiled a record second to none in its wretchedness"
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior
3.inferiority - the quality of being a competitive disadvantageinferiority - the quality of being a competitive disadvantage
disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
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inferiority

noun subservience, subordination, lowliness, servitude, abasement, inferior status or standing I found it difficult to shake off a sense of inferiority.
subservience dominance, superiority, ascendancy, advantage
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Translations
دونيَّه، حِطَّه، دُنو المنزلَه
podřadnostpodřízenost
mindreværd
alsóbbrendûség
lægri staîa, minni gæîi; vanmáttur
aşağılıkdüşüklük

inferiority

[ɪnˌfɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ]
A. Ninferioridad f
inferiority to sth/sbinferioridad f frente a or con respecto a algo/algn
B. CPD inferiority complex N (Psych) → complejo m de inferioridad
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inferiority

[ɪnˌfɪəriˈɒrɪti] ninfériorité finferiority complex ncomplexe m d'infériorité
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inferiority

n (in quality) → Minderwertigkeit f; (of person)Unterlegenheit f(to gegenüber); (in rank) → untergeordnete Stellung, niedrigere Stellung, niedrigerer Rang (to als)
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inferiority

[ɪnˌfɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ] ninferiorità
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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
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