[adjective, noun soo-per-awr-dn-it; verb soo-per-awr-dn-eyt]
- of higher degree in condition or rank.
- Logic. (of a universal proposition) related to a particular proposition of the same quality and containing the same terms in the same order.
- a superordinate person or thing.
- Linguistics. a term that denotes a general class under which a set of subcategories is subsumed: “Child” is the superordinate of “girl” and “boy.”Compare hyponym.
- to elevate to superordinate position.
Origin of superordinate
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Examples from the Web for superordinate
“When diverse groups are working toward a superordinate goal, this can lead to adopting a common identity,” she wrote.Office Parties Are Bad for Business
December 19, 2013
- of higher status or condition
- (tr) rare to make superordinate
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Word Origin and History for superordinate
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