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inferior

noun

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one who is of lower rank and typically under the authority of another
  • She is nice to her inferiors as well as to her superiors.
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inferior

adjective

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1 situated lower down
  • creatures that inhabit the dark, inferior depths of the ocean
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2 of little or less value or merit
  • a girl who has always felt inferior to her older sister
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3 belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank
  • a member of the nobility among the inferior classes of society
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4 falling short of a standard
  • an inferior science textbook that was out-of-date the day that it was published
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below par (or under)

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5 having not so great importance or rank as another
  • An inferior officer cannot strike a superior under any circumstances.
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