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Meaning of INFERIOR

Pronunciation:  in'feereeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
  2. [n]  one of lesser rank or station or quality
  3. [adj]  inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
  4. [adj]  falling short of some prescribed norm; "substandard housing"
  5. [adj]  of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  6. [adj]  of low or inferior quality
  7. [adj]  (astronomy) having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
  8. [adj]  (printing) written or printed below and to one side of another character
  9. [adj]  (anatomy) lower than a given reference point; "inferior alveolar artery"

INFERIOR is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bad, base, bottom(a), bum, cardboard, cheap, cheapjack, cheesy, chintzy, coarse, coarsened, commercial, common, crummy, deficient, deplorable, execrable, flimsy, humble, indifferent, junior, junior-grade, less, low, lower, lower-ranking, low-grade, low-level, lowly, mediocre, middle-level, miserable, modest, nonstandard, outclassed, petty(a), poor, punk, ropey, ropy, scrawny, scrubby, secondary, second-class, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, small, stunted, subaltern, subordinate, subscript, subscript, substandard, tawdry, third-rate, tinny, utility(a), utility-grade, woeful, wretched
 Antonyms: adscript, higher-up, superior, superior, superior, superordinate, superscript, superscript
 See Also: character, follower, grapheme, graphic symbol, worst



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*fe"ri*or\, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is
    below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F.
    inf['e]rieur. See {Under}.]
    1. Lower in place, rank, excellence, etc.; less important or
       valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
             A thousand inferior and particular propositions.
                                                   --I. Watts.
             The body, or, as some love to call it, our inferior
             nature.                               --Burke.
             Whether they are equal or inferior to my other
             poems, an author is the most improper judge.
    2. Poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods.
    3. (Astron.)
       (a) Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or
           interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury
           or Venus.
       (b) Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a
    4. (Bot.)
       (a) Situated below some other organ; -- said of a calyx
           when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or
           of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior
       (b) On the side of a flower which is next the bract;
    5. (Min.) Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior
    {Inferior court} (Law), a court subject to the jurisdiction
       of another court known as the superior, or higher, court.
    {Inferior letter}, {Inferior figure} (Print.), a small letter
       or figure standing at the bottom of the line (opposed to
       {superior letter} or figure), as in A_{2}, B_{n}, 2 and n
       are inferior characters.
    {Inferior tide}, the tide corresponding to the moon's transit
       of the meridian, when below the horizon.
  2. \In*fe"ri*or\, n.
    A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than
          A great person gets more by obliging his inferior than
          by disdaining him.                       --South.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Of an ovary, at least partly below the level of attachment of the other floral parts. Compare superior.
Thesaurus Terms
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