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1. Of, relating to, or located on the inside; inner.
2. Of or relating to one's mental or spiritual being: "She thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it" (David Denby).
3. Situated away from a coast or border; inland.
1. The internal portion or area.
2. One's mental or spiritual life.
3. The inland part of a political or geographic entity.
4. The internal affairs of a country or nation.
5. A representation of the inside of a building or room, as in a photograph.

[Ultimately Latin, comparative adj. of inter, between; see en in Indo-European roots.]

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


(Psychology) the quality of being focused on one's inner life and identity
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