inferior

[ in-feer-ee-er ]
/ ɪnˈfɪər i ər /

adjective

noun

a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text.Compare superior(def 12).

Origin of inferior

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to infer(us) lower (cf. under) + -ior comparative suffix

Related forms

in·fe·ri·or·i·ty [in-feer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] /ɪnˌfɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, nounin·fe·ri·or·ly, adverbqua·si-in·fe·ri·or, adjectivesub·in·fe·ri·or, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for inferiority

inferior

/ (ɪnˈfɪərɪə) /

adjective


noun

an inferior person
printing an inferior character

Derived Forms

inferiority (ɪnˌfɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nouninferiorly, adverb

Word Origin for inferior

C15: from Latin: lower, from inferus low
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Medicine definitions for inferiority

inferior

[ ĭn-fîrē-ər ]

adj.

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.

Related forms

in•fe′ri•ori•ty (-ôrĭ-tē) n.
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