su·​per·​or·​di·​nate ˌsü-pər-ˈȯrd-nət How to pronounce superordinate (audio)
: superior in rank, class, or status

Examples of superordinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In close coordination with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as the superordinate body, the Federal Archives is seeking ways to discontinue the obligation to pay fees also for the commercial use of images from the period until 1945. Manolis Vasilakis, The New York Review of Books, 20 Apr. 2023 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, 14 Aug. 2019

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Word History


super- + subordinate

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superordinate was in 1615

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“Superordinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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