Definition of Superordinate

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

Exact synonyms: Higher-up, Superior
Generic synonyms: Leader
Specialized synonyms: Better, God, Supervisor
Antonyms: Inferior

2. Verb. Place in a superior order or rank. "These two notions are superordinated to a third"
Generic synonyms: Grade, Order, Place, Range, Rank, Rate

3. Adjective. Of higher rank or status or value.
Similar to: Superior

4. Noun. A word that is more generic than a given word.
Exact synonyms: Hypernym, Superordinate Word
Generic synonyms: Word

Definition of Superordinate

1. Adjective. Greater in degree, rank or position ¹

2. Adjective. (logic) The relation of a universal proposition to a specific proposition of the same form with the universal quantified variable replaced by a specific instance. ¹

3. Adjective. (linguistics of a word or phrase) hypernymic ¹

4. Noun. That which is superordinate. ¹

5. Noun. (linguistics) A hypernym. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To cause to be superordinate. ¹

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Definition of Superordinate

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Superordinate

superorder Acanthopterygii
superorder Labyrinthodonta
superorder Labyrinthodontia
superorder Malacopterygii
superorder Ratitae
superordinate (current term)
superordinate word

Literary usage of Superordinate

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

1. Treatise on Sociology, Theoretical and Practical by Henry Hughes (1854)
"IN a heptarchy, the five municipalities may be either coordinate, subordinate, or superordinate. If not co-sovereigns ; some may be subordinate in their ..."

2. Vocabulary of Philosophy: Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical, with by William Fleming, Henry Calderwood (1890)
"Occurrence proceeding directly from a cause superior to the action of the laws of nature (M'Cosh, On the Supernatural, pp. 146, 147). superordinate. ..."

3. On the Theory of Logic: An Essay by Carveth Read (1878)
"superordinate Kinds. The comparison of Natural Kinds with one another ... The qualities whose Coexistence is expressed in the definitions of superordinate ..."

4. South African Social Attitudes: Changing Times, Diverse Voices by Stephen P. Rule, Udesh Pillay, Benjamin Roberts (2007)
"There is growing evidence that a dual identity, that is a combined sub-group and superordinate identity, is to be preferred (see Tyler and Lind 1992; ..."

5. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"If suspected of want of devotedness to the will, declared or presumable, of the superordinate,—the subordinate, if not dislocated, may, at any rate, ..."

6. The State of the People: Citizens, Civil Society and Governance in South by Bert Klandermans, Marlene Roefs, Johan Olivier (2001)
"These authors hold that the absence of superordinate identity makes that relationship ... superordinate identity makes it possible for people to accept ..."

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