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1superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

: of high quality : high or higher in quality

: great or greater in amount, number, or degree

: better than other people

Full Definition of SUPERIOR

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:  situated higher up :  upper
2
:  of higher rank, quality, or importance
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:  courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening)
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a :  greater in quantity or numbers <escaped by superior speed>
b :  excellent of its kind :  better <her superior memory>
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:  being a superscript
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a of an animal structure :  situated above or anterior or dorsal to another and especially a corresponding part <a superior artery>
b of a plant structure :  situated above or near the top of another part: as
(1) of a calyx :  attached to and apparently arising from the ovary (2) of an ovary :  free from the calyx or other floral envelope
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:  more comprehensive <a genus is superior to a species>
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:  affecting or assuming an air of superiority :  supercilious
su·pe·ri·or·ly adverb
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Examples of SUPERIOR

  1. This new model offers superior performance.
  2. The small army was overwhelmed by superior numbers.
  3. He only helps us because it makes him feel superior.
  4. Report to your superior officer.
  5. The verdict was reversed by a superior court.

Origin of SUPERIOR

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, comparative of superus upper, from super over, above — more at over
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SUPERIOR

2superior

noun

: a person of higher rank or status than another

Full Definition of SUPERIOR

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:  one who is above another in rank, station, or office; especially :  the head of a religious house or order
2
:  one that surpasses another in quality or merit

Examples of SUPERIOR

  1. His superior gave him an excellent evaluation.
  2. You should report any problems to your immediate superior.

First Known Use of SUPERIOR

15th century

Related to SUPERIOR

Superior

geographical name Su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

Definition of SUPERIOR

city & port NW Wisconsin on Lake Superior pop 27,244
SUPERIOR Defined for Kids

1superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

Definition of SUPERIOR for Kids

1
:  situated higher up :  higher in rank, importance, numbers, or quality
2
:  excellent of its kind :  better <a superior athlete>
3
:  showing the feeling of being better or more important than others :  arrogant <a superior smirk>

2superior

noun

Definition of SUPERIOR for Kids

1
:  a person who is higher than another in rank, importance, or quality
2
:  the head of a religious house or order
Medical Dictionary

superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

Medical Definition of SUPERIOR

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:  situated toward the head and further away from the feet than another and especially another similar part of an upright body especially of a human being <the superior medial edge of the patient's right scapula—J. M. Lewis>—compare inferior 1
2
:  situated in a more anterior or dorsal position in the body of a quadruped—compare inferior 2
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