inferior conjunction


: a conjunction of an inferior planet with the sun in which the planet is aligned between the earth and the sun

Examples of inferior conjunction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Venus will then quickly sink back into the Sun’s glare, crossing the near-side of the Sun—something called inferior conjunction by stargazers—on August 13, 2023. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inferior conjunction was in 1833

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“Inferior conjunction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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