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[adjective, noun soo-per-awr-dn-it; verb soo-per-awr-dn-eyt]
  1. of higher degree in condition or rank.
  2. Logic. (of a universal proposition) related to a particular proposition of the same quality and containing the same terms in the same order.
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  1. a superordinate person or thing.
  2. 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.
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verb (used with object), su·per·or·di·nat·ed, su·per·or·di·nat·ing.
  1. to elevate to superordinate position.
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Origin of superordinate

First recorded in 1610–20; super- + (sub)ordinate
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adjective (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪnɪt)
  1. of higher status or condition
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noun (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪnɪt)
  1. a person or thing that is superordinate
  2. 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
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verb (ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪˌneɪt)
  1. (tr) rare to make superordinate
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Word Origin and History for superordinate


1610s, on model of subordinate with super-.

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