• enPR: ĭnfîrēər, (America) IPA: /ɪnˈfɪ(ə)ɹiɚ/
  • (British) IPA: /ɪnˈfɪəɹɪə/


  1. of lower quality
    Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.
    • 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
    1. (typography) Printed in subscript.
      an inferior figure or letter
  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 (plural inferiors)

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

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