[in-feer-ee-er] /ɪnˈfɪər i ər/
lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to):
a rank inferior to colonel.
lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base:
descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard:
an inferior product.
less important, valuable, or worthy:
B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre:
an inferior observer of human nature.
Astronomy. lying below the horizon:
the inferior part of a meridian.
Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript.
Compare (def 10).
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 (def 12).
lower in value or quality
lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
lower in position; situated beneath
(of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
(printing) (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
an inferior person
(printing) an inferior character
1590s, probably from Medieval Latin *inferioritas; see inferior + -ity. Inferiority complex first attested 1922.
The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority. [John C. Calhoun]
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.).
inferior in·fe·ri·or (ĭn-fēr’ē-ər)
in·fe’ri·or’i·ty (-ôr’ĭ-tē) n.
noun 1. Psychiatry. intense feeling of inferiority, producing a personality characterized either by extreme reticence or, as a result of overcompensation, by extreme aggressiveness. 2. lack of self-esteem; feeling of inadequacy; lack of self-confidence. noun 1. (psychiatry) a disorder arising from the conflict between the desire to be noticed and the fear of being humiliated, […]
- Inferior labial vein
inferior labial vein n. A tributary of the facial vein that drains the lower lip.
- Inferior laryngeal nerve
inferior laryngeal nerve n. The terminal branch of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, supplying all the laryngeal muscles except the cricothyroid and the mucosa below the vocal cords.
- Inferior laryngeal vein
inferior laryngeal vein n. A vein that passes from the lower larynx to the plexus thyroideus impar.