- 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).
Origin of inferior
Synonyms for inferior
Related Words for inferiorlesser, secondary, lousy, substandard, indifferent, mediocre, lower, bottom, less, minus, second, subordinate, subsidiary, peon, menial, junior, minor, junk, lemon, worse
Examples from the Web for inferior
Contemporary Examples of inferior
While it came with multiple different preset control styles, it was still an inferior system.Video Games Go Wild for Reboots
July 6, 2014
Adderall is an inferior drug, asserts Hart, because of its side effects.Why We Need Medical Meth + Cocaine
Valerie Vande Panne
February 22, 2014
The senator has chosen a new, inferior lawyer to fight the Surveillance State.Unemployed Ken Cuccinelli Finds a Job With Rand Paul Suing Obama
February 13, 2014
Vanilla Sky is inferior, and so is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.What Asian Film Remakes Like ‘Oldboy’ Get Wrong
November 26, 2013
The older group smoked more, had more strokes and heart attacks and in all ways was inferior, resulting in a skewing of the data.Up to Speed: The Cholesterol Mess
November 19, 2013
Historical Examples of inferior
With his inferior he will not be intimate, nor towards him will he be "proudly condescending."
English cooking is inferior to French cooking: English organisation is inferior to German organisation.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
His friend passes for an inferior officer; upon a footing of freedom with him.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Use no flour but the best superfine; if the flour is of inferior.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The inferior clergy were by no means so lenient as the Bishop.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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.).