• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inferior falling short of some prescribed norm "substandard housing"
    • adj inferior of or characteristic of low rank or importance
    • adj inferior of low or inferior quality
    • adj inferior having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
    • adj inferior written or printed below and to one side of another character
    • adj inferior lower than a given reference point "inferior alveolar artery"
    • n inferior a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
    • n inferior one of lesser rank or station or quality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inferior A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another. "A great person gets more by obliging his inferior than by disdaining him."
    • Inferior (Astron) Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a meridian.
    • Inferior (Min) Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer.
    • Inferior Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath. "A thousand inferior and particular propositions.""The body, or, as some love to call it, our inferior nature.""Whether they are equal or inferior to my other poems, an author is the most improper judge."
    • Inferior (Astron) Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus.
    • Inferior (Bot) On the side of a flower which is next the bract; anterior.
    • Inferior Poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods.
    • Inferior (Bot) Situated below some other organ; -- said of a calyx when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior calyx.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inferior Lower in space; situated below or in a lower position; subjacent: as, the inferior maxillary bone; the inferior limb of the moon.
    • inferior Lower in grade or in any scale of reckoning; less important or valuable; of smaller consideration; subordinate: as, goods of inferior quality; a man of inferior rank.
    • inferior In botany, growing below some other organ. An inferior calyx is one that is inserted below the ovary, or free; an inferior ovary is one with adnate or superior calyx. Compare superior.
    • inferior In astronomy: Situated or occurring between the earth and the sun: as, the inferior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury and Venus.
    • inferior Lying below the horizon: as, the inferior part of a meridian.
    • inferior In music, lower in pitch.
    • inferior In entomology, pertaining to the lower or ventral surface of an insect; below; nearer the ventral surface than other parts.
    • inferior In printing, occupying the lower part of the shank of the type; standing below other type in the same line: as, the inferior figures used in chemical notation.
    • inferior A court the proceedings or determinations of which are subject to the supervision or review of another court, of general jurisdiction, of the same state. Few phrases in law are more indeterminate than this. It is a well-settled maxim that jurisdiction is presumed in favor of the proceedings of superior, but not those of inferior, courts. The rule originated in England, where the courts of Chancery, Queen's (or King's) Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, all having an ancient common-law existence, and general, though not identical, jurisdiction, were known as the superior courts; and the distinction between them and inferior courts of special or limited jurisdiction was clear. In American law the term is variously used, without an exact meaning, except as afforded by the context.
    • n inferior A person who ranks below another; one who holds a lower place; a subordinate: as, an inferior in qualifications or experience; the inferiors in a great household.
    • inferior In anatomy, lying on the ventral side of the body; farther from the dorsal line, or back, than some other organ or part of an organ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inferior in-fē′ri-ur lower in any respect: subordinate: secondary
    • n Inferior one lower in rank or station: one younger than another
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  • William Butler Yeats
    “I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “There is no good in living in a society where you are merely the equal of everybody else. The true pleasure of life is to live with your inferiors.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    “One often has need of one, inferior to himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., compar. of inferus, that is below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under,: cf. F. inférieur,. See Under


In literature:

The sense of inferiority was branded upon her.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The coverings of the head and the feet are important and should by no means be inferior to the rest of your apparel.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
Inferior to white pine or spruce, yet often mixed and sold with these species in the lumber market.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Nor need we want examples, among the inferior creatures, of dissoluteness, as well as resoluteness, in government.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
To San Agustin is attached the once eminent but now very inferior college of San Ildefonso.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The inferior extremities, quite to the groins, were oedematous.
"Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart" by John Collins Warren
Now that I am myself, it is my ambition to be known, if it is not too presumptuous to say so, as Thomas the Inferior.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
This restriction was an attempt to reduce the amount of inferior tobacco at harvest time.
"Tobacco in Colonial Virginia" by Melvin Herndon
In respect of total population it is inferior to Soerabaia, the eastern capital, which has 140,000 inhabitants.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Why don't you say inferiors, at once?
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux

In poetry:

We know there's much to be forgiven—
Our meaner thoughts of earthly birth;
We know we cannot hope for heaven
In these inferior realms of earth.
"Forgive, as we hope to be forgiven" by John Bowring
The years rolled by, yet Jehan rested not,
Tho' hope, so long delayed, engendered gloom,
Content to live himself in any cot;
But no inferior hand must touch her tomb.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant
"Good-night, old Turnip-top, good-night!
When I am gone, perhaps
They'll send you some inferior Sprite,
Who'll keep you in a constant fright
And spoil your soundest naps.
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
There see a noted river rise,
Swelled by continual supplies
From far inferior streams:
In Piedmont it has its source, The Adriatic ends its course,
And with fresh beauty beams.
"Enigma XLIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
"Much less mean we to trace
The fortune of inferior gems,
Preferred to some proud face,
Or perched upon feared diadems:
Crowned heads are toys. We go to meet
A worthy object, our Lord's feet."
"Saint Mar Magdelene; or, The Weeper" by Richard Crashaw
Or, if from these you fear to quote,
Take authors of inferior note:
This plan, well-manag'd, snug you lie--
To find you out is vain to try.
No more can they your authors mark
Than find a needle in the dark.
"Receipt To Make A Priest" by William Hutton

In news:

Critics of Merlot often say that California Merlots in particular are not very good, and that even many French Merlots are inferior, especially when compared to Cabernet.
Montevideo may be overshadowed by its flashier neighbors, Punta del Este and Buenos Aires, but Uruguay's capital does not suffer from an inferiority complex.
But really, it's been a week since Tom Golisano unveiled his Web site and he still, apparently, thinks government employees need to comfort private sector workers about their inferior wages.
LAS VEGAS – You could get an inferiority complex about the televisions and appliances you own after attending this week's International Consumer Electronics Show.
The property owner at 9041 State Highway 7 in St Bonifacius will tell you that PVC is inferior to copper when it comes to a water service line.
Retrievable inferior vena cava filters.
Five years ago, Robert Watson urged leaders at Florida Atlantic University to help the school shed its inferiority complex by seeking the national spotlight that comes with hosting a presidential primary debate.
Player's degree of desirability scale, a Sunday 1 pm home game against a seemingly inferior opponent ought to be something close to the pinnacle.
"The Citizens product is an inferior product by design," Barry Gilway said at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Insurance Summit in Orlando.
The Taleban says Kiwi troops are easier targets than other Coalition forces because of their inferior weaponry.
Retrievable inferior vena cava filters.
Apple 's maps application proved to be far inferior to Google's, turning what was supposed to be a setback for Google into a vindication.
Apple 's maps application proved to be far inferior to Google's turning what was supposed to be a setback for Google into a vindication.
Apple 's maps proved to be far inferior to Google's.
" "IFS stands for 'inferior front suspension.

In science:

Thermal rectification is a phenomenon that the heat flux runs preferentially along one direction and inferiorly along the opposite direction[1–14].
Heat conduction in graphene flakes with inhomogeneous mass interface
Figure 3.14: The figure displays scalp plots for the LDA and sLDA solutions for the sub ject whose improvement was most inferior using sLDA (sub ject no.71).
Two Projection Pursuit Algorithms for Machine Learning under Non-Stationarity
This suggests that the evaluation of social intelligence could possibly be performed against other agents of inferior degree of intelligence.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
Table 1 shows that the ATV test outperforms the KS and CvM tests in the case of complex pairing, while Table 2 confirms that the ATV test is inferior in case of the commonly used pairings of Figure 1.
An asymptotic total variation test for copulas
Combining Tables 1 and 2, we see that, for the t-distribution with 3 degrees of freedom, Brown’s statistic is much more efficient than Noether’s statistic but has only slightly inferior design sensitivity, so Brown’s statistic could have higher power for quite large I .
An exact adaptive test with superior design sensitivity in an observational study of treatments for ovarian cancer