Meaning of inferior

in•fe•ri•or

Pronunciation: (in-fēr'ē-ur), [key]
— adj.
  1. lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often fol. by to): a rank inferior to colonel.
  2. lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base: descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
  3. of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard: an inferior product.
  4. less important, valuable, or worthy: B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
  5. acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre: an inferior observer of human nature.
    1. situated below some other organ.
    2. (of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
    3. (of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
  6. (of an organ or part)
    1. lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
    2. toward the feet. Cf. superior (def. 9).
  7. lying below the horizon: the inferior part of a meridian.
  8. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in HO; subscript. Cf. superior (def. 10).
—n.
  1. a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
  2. Also calleda letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text. Cf. superior (def. 12).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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