Simple Definition of inferior
: of poor quality : low or lower in quality
: of little or less importance or value
: low or lower in rank
Full Definition of inferior
1 : situated lower down : lower
2 a : of low or lower degree or rank b : of poor quality : mediocre
3 : of little or less importance, value, or merit <always felt inferior to his older brother>
4 a : situated below another and especially another similar superior part of an upright body b : situated in a relatively low posterior or ventral position in a quadrupedal body c (1) : situated below another plant part or organ (2) : abaxial
5 : relating to or being a subscript
Examples of inferior
… the pearls were of inferior quality; they looked like pearlized globs of varying wrinkly shapes. —Tracie Rozhon, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2002
Sharks, rays, and ratfishes share a special burden: these cartilaginous fishes are saddled with a reputation for being somehow inferior to vertebrates blessed with bony skeletons. —Carl Zimmer, Natural History, September 2000
No longer do workers and peasants feel inferior to the university-trained. —Rhea Menzel Whitehead, Saturday Review, 4 Mar. 1972
These pearls are of inferior quality.
They were considered a socially inferior group.
He always felt inferior around his brother.
The judges voted to overturn a ruling made by an inferior court.
Origin of inferior
Middle English, from Latin, comparative of inferus lower — more at under
First Known Use: 15th century
INFERIORITY Defined for Kids
Definition of inferiority
1 : the state of being of lower importance, value, or quality
2 : a sense of being less important or valuable
Medical Definition of inferior
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