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English adjective: inferior

1. inferior of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Similarhumble, indifferent, low, low-level, lowly, middle-level, modest, outclassed, small

See alsolow, low, low-level, subordinate


2. inferior of low or inferior quality

Similarbad, base, bum, bush, bush-league, cheap, cheapjack, cheesy, chintzy, coarse, coarsened, commercial, commercial-grade, common, crummy, deplorable, execrable, less, low-grade, mediocre, miserable, punk, ropey, ropy, scrawny, scrubby, second-class, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, stunted, tawdry, third-rate, tinny, utility, utility-grade, woeful, wretched

See alsoworst

Attributecaliber, calibre, quality


3. inferior written or printed below and to one side of another character


Domain categoryprinting, printing process

Antonymsadscript, superscript, superior

4. inferior having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit

SamplesMercury and Venus are inferior planets.

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology


5. inferior lower than a given reference point

SamplesInferior alveolar artery.


Domain categoryanatomy, general anatomy

Antonymsside, top

6. inferior falling short of some prescribed norm

SamplesSubstandard housing.

Synonymsdeficient, substandard



English noun: inferior

1. inferior (person) one of lesser rank or station or quality

Broader (hypernym)follower

Antonymshigher-up, superior, superordinate

2. inferior (communication) a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character


Broader (hypernym)character, grapheme, graphic symbol

Antonymssuperscript, superior

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