[ adjective, noun soo-per-awr-dn-it; verb soo-per-awr-dn-eyt ]
/ adjective, noun ˌsu pərˈɔr dn ɪt; verb ˌsu pərˈɔr dnˌeɪt /


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.

verb (used with object), su·per·or·di·nat·ed, su·per·or·di·nat·ing.

to elevate to superordinate position.

Origin of superordinate

First recorded in 1610–20; super- + (sub)ordinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superordinate


adjective (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪnɪt)

of higher status or condition

noun (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪnɪt)

a person or thing that is superordinate
a word the meaning of which includes the meaning of another word or words``red'' is a superordinate of ``scarlet'', ``vermilion'', and ``crimson'' Compare hyponym, synonym, antonym

verb (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪˌneɪt)

(tr) rare to make superordinate
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