- lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to): a rank inferior to colonel.
- lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base: descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
- of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard: an inferior product.
- less important, valuable, or worthy: B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
- acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre: an inferior observer of human nature.
- situated below some other organ.
- (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
- (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
- Anatomy. (of an organ or part)
- lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
- toward the feet.Compare superior(def 9).
- Astronomy. lying below the horizon: the inferior part of a meridian.
- Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H2O; subscript.Compare superior(def 10).
Origin of inferior
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Examples from the Web for inferiority
Lana told Duggan that his behavior merely proved American inferiority and ushered “the superior athlete Rusev” to the ring.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
Well, there you have it: The thing we hate most of all is breeding anyone, or anything, for lives of inferiority.Liam Neeson Loves Horses and Nietzsche
April 16, 2014
“We have to get rid of our inferiority complex and free ourselves from the West,” he declared.Killed by a Drone Strike, Top al Qaeda Recruiter Abu Yahya al-Libi Will Be Hard to Replace
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
June 6, 2012
I suppose it is inferiority complex yet some of the best books in English are translations.The Best of Brit Lit
March 23, 2011
Such a move will acknowledge its rising power and mollify its inferiority complex.Ahmadinejad Is No Hitler
June 18, 2009
He would prize the jewel, and overlook the inferiority of the casket.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
And that lurking vanity of the inferior to lessen his own inferiority did the rest.
Who knows that he was not dimly aware of his own inferiority, and thus feared to venture?
We see, then, that the primal ground of inferiority in these pleasures 5.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
But I allow this inferiority only with respect to the paintings of Turner, not to his drawings.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
- lower in value or quality
- lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
- not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
- lower in position; situated beneath
- (of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
- orbiting or occurring between the sun and the earthan inferior planet; inferior conjunction
- lying below the horizon
- printing (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H 2 O
- an inferior person
- printing an inferior character
Word Origin and History for inferiority
"person inferior to another in rank, etc.," early 15c., from inferior (adj.).
early 15c., of land, "low, lower," from Latin inferior "lower, further down" (also used figuratively), comparative of inferus (adj.) "that is below or beneath," from infra "below" (see infra-). Meaning "lower in degree, rank, or importance" is from 1530s; also in an absolute sense, "of low quality or rank."
- Low or lower in order, degree, or rank.
- Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation.
- Second-rate; poor.
- Situated below or directed downward.
- In human anatomy, situated nearer the soles in relation to a reference point.