Definition of Inferiority

1. Noun. The state of being inferior.

Exact synonyms: Lower Rank, Lower Status
Generic synonyms: Low Status, Lowliness, Lowness
Specialized synonyms: Backseat, Shade, Subordinateness, Subsidiarity
Derivative terms: Inferior

2. Noun. An inferior quality.
Exact synonyms: Low Quality
Generic synonyms: Caliber, Calibre, Quality
Specialized synonyms: Poorness, Scrawniness, Scrubbiness, Second Class, Wretchedness
Derivative terms: Inferior
Antonyms: Superiority, High Quality

3. Noun. The quality of being a competitive disadvantage.
Exact synonyms: Unfavorable Position
Generic synonyms: Disadvantage

Definition of Inferiority

1. Noun. The quality or state of being inferior. ¹

2. Noun. An inferior quality. ¹

3. Noun. The quality of being a competitive disadvantage. ¹

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Definition of Inferiority

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Medical Definition of Inferiority

1. The condition or state of being or feeling inadequate or inferior, especially relative to one's peers or to others similarly situated. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Inferiority

inferior veins of cerebellar hemisphere
inferior vena cava
inferior vena cava filter
inferior vena cavas
inferior ventricular vein
inferior vesical nerves
inferior vesical plexus
inferior vestibular area
inferior vestibular nucleus
inferior vocal cord
inferior vocal fold
inferior wall of orbit
inferior wall of tympanic cavity
inferiority (current term)
inferiority complex
infernal machine
infernal region

Literary usage of Inferiority

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

1. The Individual Delinquent: A Text-book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All by William Healy (1915)
"Psychic constitutional inferiority may be recognized by chronic abnormal social and mental reactions to the ordinary conditions of life, on the part of one ..."

2. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by William Young Sellar (1897)
"His inferiority to Homer in the power of making his story at once vividly real and nobly ideal arises partly from an inferiority in his own temper, ..."

3. The Works of Hannah More: With a Sketch of Her Life by Hannah More (1827)
"A lasting and awful lesson, that no inferiority can claim exemption from the general law of duty. If the right employment of the gift is a"n encouragement ..."

4. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1876)
"The verbs also in their terminations receive signs of respect and inferiority. Signs of respect or of familiarity in a language cannot be improper ..."

5. Essays, Moral and Literary by Vicesimus Knox (1779)
"OH THE inferiority OF MODERN TO ANTIENT ELOQUENCE. ... between antient and modern Eloquence, endeavours to account for the inferiority of the latter, ..."

6. Domestic Service by Lucy Maynard Salmon (1897)
"A fourth badge is the fact that domestic servants are made not only to feel but to acknowledge their social inferiority. Not only deference but even ..."

7. Studies in the American Race Problem by Alfred Holt Stone, Walter Francis Willcox (1908)
"In truth the antipathy is equal in either case, but the Chinaman accepts the position and imputation of inferiority — no matter what or how he may really ..."

8. The History of Rome by Wilhelm Ihne (1871)
"Carthaginian inferiority at sea. spoiled all that by their experience and their skill as veteran soldiers they might have accomplished. ..."

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