inferior

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin īnferior (lower, inferior), the comparative of īnferus (low, nether, underground).

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AdjectiveEdit

inferior (comparative more inferior, superlative most inferior)

  1. of lower quality
    Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.
    • Dryden
      Whether they are equal or inferior to my other poems, an author is the most improper judge.
  2. of lower rank
    an inferior officer
  3. located below
  4. (botany) 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.
  5. (botany) On the side of a flower which is next to the bract; anterior.
  6. (astronomy) Nearer to the Sun than the Earth is.
    the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus
  7. (astronomy) Below the horizon.
    the inferior part of a meridian

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Inferior and superior are generally followed by to; than is seen sometimes, but is viewed as wrong.

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NounEdit

inferior (plural inferiors)

  1. a person of lower stature to another
    As you are my inferior, I can tell you to do anything I want.

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

īnferior (comparative of inferus)

  1. lower

InflectionEdit

Third declension, comparative variant.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative īnferior īnferius īnferiōrēs īnferiōra
genitive īnferiōris īnferiōris īnferiōrum īnferiōrum
dative īnferiōrī īnferiōrī īnferiōribus īnferiōribus
accusative īnferiōrem īnferius īnferiōrēs īnferiōra
ablative īnferiōre īnferiōre īnferiōribus īnferiōribus
vocative īnferior īnferius īnferiōrēs īnferiōra

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin inferior.

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AdjectiveEdit

inferior m, f (plural inferiores; comparable)

  1. inferior

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

inferior m, f (plural inferiores)

  1. inferior (of lower quality)
  2. inferior (of lower rank)
  3. inferior (below)

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Last modified on 13 April 2014, at 04:20