Inferior



[in-feer-ee-er] /ɪnˈfɪər i ər/

adjective
1.
lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to):
a rank inferior to colonel.
2.
lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base:
descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
3.
of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard:
an inferior product.
4.
less important, valuable, or worthy:
B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
5.
acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre:
an inferior observer of human nature.
6.
Botany.

7.
Anatomy.

8.
Astronomy. lying below the horizon:
the inferior part of a meridian.
9.
Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript.
Compare (def 10).
noun
10.
a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
11.
Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text.
Compare (def 12).
/ɪnˈfɪərɪə/
adjective
1.
lower in value or quality
2.
lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
3.
not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
4.
lower in position; situated beneath
5.
(of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
6.
(astronomy)

7.
(printing) (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
noun
8.
an inferior person
9.
(printing) an inferior character
adj.

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.”
n.

“person inferior to another in rank, etc.,” early 15c., from inferior (adj.).

inferior in·fe·ri·or (ĭn-fēr’ē-ər)
adj.

in·fe’ri·or’i·ty (-ôr’ĭ-tē) n.

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