Adjective "Inferior" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lower in rank, status, or quality.
  1. 'Obviously, since it is shielded from the burden of having to please customers or compete in a real marketplace, its quality will be inferior to paid research.'
  2. 'Buck is hinting that the 45 (short, noisy, desperate for your attention) is inferior to its sophisticated older brother, the long playing album.'
  3. 'It seems to be a given in this society that they are automatically inferior to their male counterparts, yet nearly all of the modern nations of the world have long since debunked and moved beyond that myth.'
  4. 'Conscripts are usually inferior to volunteers in training, combat qualities, and mental preparation for combat.'
  5. 'Since Eritrean society is still highly influenced by customary principles, the status of women in many communities is inferior to that of men.'
  6. '‘We are not inferior to them in any field,’ was their reaction.'
  7. 'Of course, China's subs are inferior to our own.'
  8. 'Women's status in traditional Chukchi society was clearly inferior to that of men.'
  9. 'Even the angels are inferior to man in status and are asked by God to pay obeisance to him.'
  10. 'Maybe New York City refrigerators are inferior to the other larger, more glamorous cooling systems elsewhere that keep milk fresher longer?'
  11. 'inferior goods'
  12. 'Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that the uninsured and the poor receive inferior care.'
  13. 'Meals offered at the restaurant were of inferior quality and the selection extremely poor.'
  14. 'For example, an entrepreneur could patent a superior standard and market it in ways that overcome the lock-in of the inferior standard.'
  15. 'Although Monaghan did not really test the home team the manager placed more focus on how his team performed and less about the inferior standard of the visitors.'
  16. 'Liebowitz and Margolis are skeptical that any convincing claim of path dependent selection of an objectively inferior standard has been established.'
  17. 'If something's been shown to be better, do you stick with the old, inferior standard?'
  18. 'More seriously, the lead content in the paint of some inferior toys is much higher than the national standard.'
  19. 'First, because of the public good (positive externality) nature of education, society at large loses from inferior standards of education.'
  20. 'They are copies, made by a bootlegger to low standards using inferior materials.'
  21. 'This meant that banks, for example, sold only their own products, even though some were inferior and offered poor value.'
  22. 'This applies to statements made by judges, counsel, witnesses or the parties, in both superior and inferior courts.'
  23. 'A Magistrates' Court is, however, an inferior court.'
  24. 'A price fall leads to a rise in real income which could result in falling demand if the good is strongly inferior.'
  25. 'These are referred to as inferior goods and examples in most western countries include rural bus services and household coal.'
Low or lower in position.
  1. 'The most pronounced changes involve the left posterior inferior cerebellar artery.'
  2. 'The lateral part of the anterior commissure traverses the inferior part of the corpus striatum.'
  3. 'The first lumbar may provide the inferior phrenic or middle suprarenal.'
  4. 'Each disc flower is surrounded by a sharp-pointed, chaffy bract and consists of a basal inferior ovary, two pappus scales, and a tubular corolla.'
  5. 'The members of subgen. Bomarea s.str. have an inferior ovary and a dehiscent capsule.'
(of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed below the line.
  1. 'Reservation 2: Nunn points out that inferior lines have, for the most part, been left out of this book.'


A person lower than another in rank, status, or ability.
  1. 'If you wanted to insult a social inferior, you displayed your contempt by bludgeoning him with a cane.'
  2. 'Her husband would respect her as a leader respects his devoted subordinates - friends but inferiors.'
  3. 'A combination of religious and cultural change, reinforced by political pressure from governments, began to wean them away from their social inferiors.'
  4. 'This guy was trying so hard to seem charming to what he saw as a desperate social inferior, that he didn't even notice how stupid he sounded.'
  5. 'Maintain social status by winning at least as much as your inferiors and climb the ranks by winning more than your superiors.'
  6. 'The point was to distinguish a given individual or family from others - whether equals or social inferiors.'
  7. 'Given that there are no animals contesting their status as inferiors to mankind, where can a human advocate of animal emancipation possibly go from there?'
  8. 'I was doing my duty, co-ordinating with my inferiors.'
  9. 'The word once meant very literally the voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior.'
  10. 'Undoubtedly princes, peers and other great nobles of old stock resented the power thus vested in men whom they regarded as social inferiors.'
An inferior letter, figure, or symbol.


    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 natu

    More examples(as adjective)

    "qualities can be inferior from irons."

    "qualities can be inferior from furnaces."

    "people can be inferior to people."

    "years can be inferior to turnovers."

    "years can be inferior for times."

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    Late Middle English (in inferior (sense 2 of the adjective)): from Latin, comparative of inferus ‘low’.