su·​per·​al·​tern ˌsü-pər-ˈȯl-tərn How to pronounce superaltern (audio)
: a universal proposition (such as "every P is Q") that in traditional logic is held to be grounds for the immediate inference of the truth of a corresponding subaltern (such as "some P is Q")

Word History


super- + subaltern

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superaltern was in 1921

Dictionary Entries Near superaltern

Cite this Entry

“Superaltern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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