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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inferior  \In*fe"ri*or\,  a.  [L.,  compar.  of  inferus  that  is 
  below,  underneath,  the  lower;  akin  to  E.  under:  cf  F. 
  inf['e]rieur.  See  {Under}.] 
  1.  Lower  in  place  rank,  excellence,  etc.;  less  important  or 
  valuable;  subordinate;  underneath;  beneath. 
 
  A  thousand  inferior  and  particular  propositions. 
  --I.  Watts. 
 
  The  body,  or  as  some  love  to  call  it  our  inferior 
  nature.  --Burke. 
 
  Whether  they  are  equal  or  inferior  to  my  other 
  poems,  an  author  is  the  most  improper  judge. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Poor  or  mediocre;  as  an  inferior  quality  of  goods. 
 
  3.  (Astron.) 
  a  Nearer  the  sun  than  the  earth  is  as  the  inferior  or 
  interior  planets;  an  inferior  conjunction  of  Mercury 
  or  Venus. 
  b  Below  the  horizon;  as  the  inferior  part  of  a 
  meridian. 
 
  4.  (Bot.) 
  a  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. 
  b  On  the  side  of  a  flower  which  is  next  the  bract; 
  anterior. 
 
  5.  (Min.)  Junior  or  subordinate  in  rank;  as  an  inferior 
  officer. 
 
  {Inferior  court}  (Law),  a  court  subject  to  the  jurisdiction 
  of  another  court  known  as  the  superior,  or  higher,  court. 
 
 
  {Inferior  letter},  {Inferior  figure}  (Print.),  a  small  letter 
  or  figure  standing  at  the  bottom  of  the  line  (opposed  to 
  {superior  letter}  or  figure),  as  in  A_{2},  B_{n},  2  and  n 
  are  inferior  characters. 
 
  {Inferior  tide},  the  tide  corresponding  to  the  moon's  transit 
  of  the  meridian,  when  below  the  horizon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inferior  \In*fe"ri*or\,  n. 
  A  person  lower  in  station,  rank,  intellect,  etc.,  than 
  another. 
 
  A  great  person  gets  more  by  obliging  his  inferior  than 
  by  disdaining  him  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inferior 
  adj  1:  of  or  characteristic  of  low  rank  or  importance  [ant:  {superior}] 
  2:  of  low  or  inferior  quality  [ant:  {superior}] 
  3:  inferior  in  rank  or  status;  "the  junior  faculty";  "a  lowly 
  corporal";  "petty  officialdom";  "a  subordinate 
  functionary"  [syn:  {junior-grade},  {lower},  {lower-ranking}, 
  {lowly},  {petty(a)},  {secondary},  {subaltern},  {subordinate}] 
  4:  (printing)  written  or  printed  below  and  to  one  side  of 
  another  character  [syn:  {subscript}]  [ant:  {adscript},  {superscript}] 
  5:  (astronomy)  having  an  orbit  between  the  sun  and  the  Earth's 
  orbit;  "Mercury  and  Venus  are  inferior  planets"  [ant:  {superior}] 
  6:  falling  short  of  some  prescribed  norm;  "substandard  housing" 
  [syn:  {deficient},  {substandard}] 
  n  1:  one  of  lesser  rank  or  station  or  quality  [ant:  {superior}] 
  2:  a  character  or  symbol  set  or  printed  or  written  beneath  or 
  slightly  below  and  to  the  side  of  another  character  [syn: 
  {subscript}]  [ant:  {superscript}] 




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