Definition of Inferior

1. Noun. One of lesser rank or station or quality.

Generic synonyms: Follower
Antonyms: Superior

2. Adjective. Of or characteristic of low rank or importance.

3. Noun. A character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character.
Exact synonyms: Subscript
Generic synonyms: Character, Grapheme, Graphic Symbol
Derivative terms: Subscript
Antonyms: Superscript

4. Adjective. Of low or inferior quality.

5. Adjective. Written or printed below and to one side of another character.
Exact synonyms: Subscript
Category relationships: Printing, Printing Process
Antonyms: Adscript, Superscript
Derivative terms: Subscript

6. Adjective. Having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit. "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Antonyms: Superior

7. Adjective. Lower than a given reference point. "Inferior alveolar artery"
Category relationships: Anatomy, General Anatomy
Similar to: Bottom

8. Adjective. Falling short of some prescribed norm. "Substandard housing"
Exact synonyms: Deficient, Substandard
Similar to: Nonstandard
Derivative terms: Deficiency, Inferiority

Definition of Inferior

1. a. Lower in place, rank, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.

2. n. A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another.

Definition of Inferior

1. Adjective. of lower quality ¹

2. Adjective. of lower rank ¹

3. Adjective. located below ¹

4. Adjective. In botany, inside the flower stalk below the petals. Said of an ovary. ¹

5. Noun. a person of lower stature to another ¹

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Definition of Inferior

1. one of lesser rank [n -S]

Medical Definition of Inferior

1. Of an ovary, at least partly below the level of attachment of the other floral parts. Compare: superior. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inferior

inference rule
inference rules
inferential statistics
inferior (current term)
inferior aberrant ductule
inferior accessory fissure
inferior alveolar artery
inferior alveolar nerve
inferior anastomotic vein
inferior angle of scapula
inferior articular facet of atlas
inferior articular pit of atlas
inferior articular surface of tibia
inferior basal vein
inferior belly of omohyoid muscle
inferior border
inferior border of liver
inferior border of lung

Literary usage of Inferior

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"It receives the left spermatic, the left inferior phrenic, and. generally, ... The two inferior phrenic vein» follow the course of the phrenic arteries, ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"The brain is very large, its anterior and inferior portion extending as far ... A similar alteration, but of much inferior extent, exists on the right side ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"... the inferior gods the office of forming the human body, and of arranging the beautiful harmony of the animal, the vegetable, and the mineral kingdoms. ..."

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