quasiinferior

inferior

[in-feer-ee-er]
adjective
1.
lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to ): a rank inferior to colonel.
2.
lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base: descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
3.
of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard: an inferior product.
4.
less important, valuable, or worthy: B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
5.
acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre: an inferior observer of human nature.
6.
Botany.
a.
situated below some other organ.
b.
(of a calyx) inserted below the ovary.
c.
(of an ovary) having a superior calyx.
7.
Anatomy.
a.
lower in place or position; situated beneath another.
b.
toward the feet. Compare superior ( def 9 ).
8.
Astronomy. lying below the horizon: the inferior part of a meridian.
9.
Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript. Compare superior ( def 10 ).
noun
10.
a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
11.
Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text. Compare superior ( def 12 ).

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to infer(us) lower (cf. under) + -ior comparative suffix

inferiority [in-feer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] , noun
inferiorly, adverb
quasi-inferior, adjective
subinferior, adjective


3. mediocre, low-quality, second-rate.
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inferior (ɪnˈfɪərɪə)
 
adj
1.  lower in value or quality
2.  lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
3.  not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
4.  lower in position; situated beneath
5.  (of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
6.  astronomy
 a.  orbiting or occurring between the sun and the earth: an inferior planet; inferior conjunction
 b.  lying below the horizon
7.  printing (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
 
n
8.  an inferior person
9.  printing an inferior character
 
[C15: from Latin: lower, from inferus low]
 
inferiority
 
n
 
in'feriorly
 
adv

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inferior
early 15c., from L. inferior "lower," comp. form of inferus (adj.) "that is below or beneath," from infra "below." Noun meaning "a person inferior to another in rank, etc.," is from c.1500. Inferiority complex first attested 1922.
"The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority." [John C. Calhoun]
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inferior in·fe·ri·or (ĭn-fēr'ē-ər)
adj.

  1. Low or lower in order, degree, or rank.

  2. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation.

  3. Second-rate; poor.

  4. Situated below or directed downward.

  5. In human anatomy, situated nearer the soles in relation to a reference point.


in·fe'ri·or'i·ty (-ôr'ĭ-tē) n.
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