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adjective in·fe·ri·or \in-ˈfir-ē-ər\

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. 1 :  situated lower down :  lower

  2. 2 a :  of low or lower degree or rank b :  of poor quality :  mediocre

  3. 3 :  of little or less importance, value, or merit <always felt inferior to his older brother>

  4. 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. 5 :  relating to or being a subscript

inferior noun
in·fe·ri·or·i·ty play \(ˌ)in-ˌfir-ē-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\ noun
in·fe·ri·or·ly play \in-ˈfir-ē-ər-lē\ adverb

Examples of inferior

  1. … the pearls were of inferior quality; they looked like pearlized globs of varying wrinkly shapes. —Tracie Rozhon, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2002

  2. 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

  3. No longer do workers and peasants feel inferior to the university-trained. —Rhea Menzel Whitehead, Saturday Review, 4 Mar. 1972

  4. These pearls are of inferior quality.

  5. They were considered a socially inferior group.

  6. He always felt inferior around his brother.

  7. 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

Rhymes with inferior

Medical Dictionary


adjective in·fe·ri·or \in-ˈfir-ē-ər\

Medical Definition of inferior

  1. 1:  situated below and closer to the feet than another and especially another similar part of an upright body especially of a human being—compare superior 1

  2. 2:  situated in a more posterior or ventral position in the body of a quadruped—compare superior 2

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