Definitions of inferior

  1. a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
  2. one of lesser rank or station or quality
  3. A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another.
  4. One who ranks below another.
  5. One lower in rank or station: one younger than another.
  6. Inferiority.
  7. One who is lower in rank, age, or merit.
  8. One who is inferior; a subordinate.
  9. One who is younger, or of a lower rank.
  10. One who is in a lower station or rank than another.
  11. falling short of some prescribed norm; " substandard housing"
  12. inferior in rank or status; " the junior faculty"; " a lowly corporal"; " petty officialdom"; " a subordinate functionary"
  13. of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  14. ( astronomy) having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; " Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
  15. having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit; " Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
  16. written or printed below and to one side of another character
  17. lower than a given reference point; " inferior alveolar artery"
  18. Lower in place, rank, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
  19. Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus.
  20. Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a meridian.
  21. On the side of a flower which is next the bract; anterior.
  22. Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer.
  23. 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.
  24. Lower in place, rank, or quality; secondary; between the earth and the sun; as, inferior planets.
  25. Lower in any respect: subordinate: secondary.
  26. Lower in any respect; less.
  27. Lower in place, station, age, rank, & c.; subordinate; secondary; below; within the earth's orbit; under the ovary.
  28. Lower, as in station, rank, age, condition, excellence, or value; of second- rate quality; not the best; subordinate; in bot., applied to the ovary when it seems to be situated below the calyx, and to the part of a flower farthest from the axis.
  29. The lower placed of two, the farther down the axis; growing or arising below another organ.