- situated below some other organ.
- (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
- (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
- lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
- toward the feet.Compare superior(def 9).
- inferential statistics,
- inferior alveolar nerve,
- inferior anastomotic vein,
- inferior artery of knee,
- inferior basal vein,
- inferior cerebellar peduncle
Origin of inferior
Examples from the Web for inferior
While it came with multiple different preset control styles, it was still an inferior system.
Adderall is an inferior drug, asserts Hart, because of its side effects.
The senator has chosen a new, inferior lawyer to fight the Surveillance State.Unemployed Ken Cuccinelli Finds a Job With Rand Paul Suing Obama|Michelle Cottle|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vanilla Sky is inferior, and so is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The older group smoked more, had more strokes and heart attacks and in all ways was inferior, resulting in a skewing of the data.
There are such names as "galbulus," "amphisarca," and "inferior drupaceous pseudocarps," but these are probably disappearing.The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
A great bearer, but inferior in quality to the Golden Pippin.British Pomology|Robert Hogg
It is not correct to say that the Souchong is an inferior tea.
It is common to see people of the inferior castes travelling parallel to the road, but not daring to go along it.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
One hundred inferior maxillaries began to castanet away like mad.H. R.|Edwin Lefevre
- orbiting or occurring between the sun and the earthan inferior planet; inferior conjunction
- lying below the horizon
Word Origin for inferior
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."
"person inferior to another in rank, etc.," early 15c., from inferior (adj.).