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INFERIOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inferior mean? 

INFERIOR (noun)
  The noun INFERIOR has 2 senses:

1. one of lesser rank or station or quality
2. a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

  Familiarity information: INFERIOR used as a noun is rare.


INFERIOR (adjective)
  The adjective INFERIOR has 7 senses:

1. of or characteristic of low rank or importance
2. of low or inferior quality
3. inferior in rank or status
4. written or printed below and to one side of another character
5. having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit
6. lower than a given reference point
7. falling short of some prescribed norm

  Familiarity information: INFERIOR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INFERIOR (noun)


Sense 1inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of lesser rank or station or quality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("inferior" is a kind of...):

follower (a person who accepts the leadership of another)

Antonym:

superior (one of greater rank or station or quality)


Sense 2inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

subscript; inferior

Hypernyms ("inferior" is a kind of...):

character; grapheme; graphic symbol (a written symbol that is used to represent speech)


INFERIOR (adjective)


Sense 1inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Similar:

outclassed (decisively surpassed by something else so as to appear to be of a lower class)

middle-level (intermediate in rank or position)

low-level (at a low level in rank or importance)

indifferent (fairly poor to not very good)

humble; low; lowly; modest; small (low or inferior in station or quality)

Also:

low (less than normal in degree or intensity or amount)

low (literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension)

low-level; subordinate (lower in rank or importance)

Antonym:

superior (of or characteristic of high rank or importance)


Sense 2inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of low or inferior quality

Similar:

deplorable; execrable; miserable; woeful; wretched (of very poor quality or condition)

less ((usually preceded by 'no') lower in quality)

low-grade (of inferior quality)

mediocre; second-rate (moderate to inferior in quality)

ropey; ropy ((British informal) very poor in quality)

scrawny; scrubby; stunted (inferior in size or quality)

second-class (of inferior status or quality)

third-rate (of lesser quality than second-rate)

utility; utility-grade (used of beef; usable but inferior)

commercial (of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior)

coarsened (made coarse or crude by lack of skill)

bad (below average in quality or performance)

base ((used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal)

bum; cheap; cheesy; chintzy; crummy; punk; sleazy; tinny (of very poor quality; flimsy)

bush; bush-league (not of the highest quality or sophistication)

flimsy (resembling cardboard especially in flimsiness)

cheapjack; shoddy; tawdry (cheap and shoddy)

coarse; common (of low or inferior quality or value)

Also:

worst ((superlative of 'bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition)

Attribute:

caliber; calibre; quality (a degree or grade of excellence or worth)

Antonym:

superior (of high or superior quality or performance)


Sense 3inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inferior in rank or status

Synonyms:

petty; lower-ranking; junior-grade; subaltern; lowly; secondary; inferior; subordinate

Context examples:

the junior faculty / a lowly corporal / petty officialdom / a subordinate functionary

Similar:

junior (younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service)


Sense 4inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Written or printed below and to one side of another character

Synonyms:

subscript; inferior

Domain category:

printing; printing process (reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication)


Sense 5inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit

Context example:

Mercury and Venus are inferior planets

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Antonym:

superior (having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit)


Sense 6inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower than a given reference point

Context example:

inferior alveolar artery

Similar:

bottom (situated at the bottom or lowest position)

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)


Sense 7inferior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Falling short of some prescribed norm

Synonyms:

substandard; deficient; inferior

Context example:

substandard housing

Similar:

nonstandard (varying from or not adhering to a standard)


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