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inferior

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms of inferior (Entry 2 of 2)

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
  • at one time, the upper crust liked to believe that inferior people were fit only to be servants

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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  • an inferior science textbook that was out-of-date the day that it was published

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

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The first known use of inferior was in the 15th century

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“Inferior.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/inferior. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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