… the pearls were of inferior quality; they looked like pearlized globs of varying wrinkly shapes.—Tracie Rozhon, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2002Sharks, rays, and ratfishes share a special burden: these cartilaginous fishes are saddled with a reputation for being somehow inferior to vertebrates blessed with bony skeletons.—Carl Zimmer, Natural History, September 2000No longer do workers and peasants feel inferior to the university-trained.—Rhea Menzel Whitehead, Saturday Review, 4 Mar. 1972
These pearls are of inferior quality.
They were considered a socially inferior group.
He always felt inferior around his brother.
The judges voted to overturn a ruling made by an inferior court. See More
Recent Examples on the WebTo win over Mehta, Google argued that general search rivals had failed to compete for default placements because the search engines were inferior, pointing to Mozilla's failed experiment setting Yahoo as a default search engine in Firefox as proof.—Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2023 The original program was launched in 2018 and focused on reaching Hispanic families who had historically demonstrated extremely low participation in clinical trials and inferior clinical outcomes when compared to non-Hispanic Whites.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Girls’ teams also received fewer travel opportunities, worse equipment and inferior practice facilities than boys’ teams, according to the lawsuit.—Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Calling a Black person a monkey perpetuates the harmful stereotype that Black people are less intelligent, less evolved, or inherently inferior to other races.—Essence, 11 Oct. 2023 But Algerians living under French colonial rule held an inferior status and were referred to as indigènes, or natives.—Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Oct. 2023 In his view, Bing is not an inferior search engine because it was deprived of oxygen by Google; Bing is inferior because Microsoft has mismanaged its search and mobile products for the better part of two decades.—David Pierce, The Verge, 2 Oct. 2023 Losing Starlink, one Ukrainian soldier said, would force Ukraine to fall back on inferior alternatives such as radio.—Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Doctors have had to ration their dwindling supplies, scrimp on dosages and swap out prescriptions with inferior alternatives.—Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Latin, comparative of inferus lower — more at under