superordinates

superordinate

[adj., n. soo-per-awr-dn-it; v. soo-per-awr-dn-eyt]
adjective
1.
of higher degree in condition or rank.
2.
Logic. (of a universal proposition) related to a particular proposition of the same quality and containing the same terms in the same order.
noun
3.
a superordinate person or thing.
4.
Linguistics. a term that denotes a general class under which a set of subcategories is subsumed: “Child” is the superordinate of “girl” and “boy.” Compare hyponym.
verb (used with object), superordinated, superordinating.
5.
to elevate to superordinate position.

Origin:
1610–20; super- + (sub)ordinate

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superordinate
 
adj
1.  of higher status or condition
 
n
2.  a person or thing that is superordinate
3.  hyponym synonym Compare antonym a word the meaning of which includes the meaning of another word or words: ``red'' is a superordinate of ``scarlet'', ``vermilion'', and ``crimson''
 
vb
4.  rare (tr) to make superordinate

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