su·​per·​or·​di·​nate | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce superordinate (audio) , -ˈȯr-də-nət, -ˈȯr-də-ˌnāt \

Definition of superordinate

: superior in rank, class, or status

Examples of superordinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Decades of research that followed focused on the benefits of superordinate goals (that supersede any particular group’s interests) including goals to fight a common enemy or to create a common identity. K.n.c., The Economist, "Societies are tearing apart, but they can be brought together," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of superordinate

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superordinate

super- + subordinate

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“Superordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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