inferior


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to inferior: flexible, appropriate, subsequent, trite, thesaurus

inferior

(Lower in position), adjective accessory, deterior, governed by, in the power of, insignificant, junior, less powerful, lesser, lower, lower in authority, lower in rank, lower in the scale, lowly, menial, minor, of less immortance, puisne, reduced, secondary, subaltern, subject, subjugated to, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, under, unimportant
Associated concepts: inferior courts

inferior

(Lower in quality), adjective adulterated, amateurish, awful, bad, badly made, base, below, below par, blemished, bush, bush-league, cheap, contemptible, crude, damaged, defective, deficient, displeasing, faulty, flimsy, imperfect, inadequate, incompetent, indifferent, inferior grade, inferior to, insignificant, insipid, junior, less than, less valuable, lesser, lousy, low, low-grade, lower, lower than, lowly, malformed, mediocre, menial, middling, minor, miserable, not as good as, not the quality of, not up to par, paltry, passable, pedestrian, petty, poor, rank, second-class, second-rate, servile, shabby, shoddy, slipshod, subordinate, subordinate to, subservient, subsidiary, substandard, trashy, unacceptable, undesirable, unsatisfactory
Associated concepts: in bankruptcy, inferior bargaining position, inferior position, inferior products, inferior quallty, inferior services
See also: deficient, faulty, ignoble, imperfect, inadequate, insignificant, mediocre, minor, null, pedestrian, poor, secondary, slight, subaltern, subordinate, subservient, trivial, unsatisfactory, unworthy

INFERIOR. One who in relation to another has less power and is below him; one who is bound to obey another. He who makes the law is the superior; he who is bound to obey it, the inferior. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 8.

References in classic literature ?
Miss Miller assumed the fourth vacant chair, which was that nearest the door, and around which the smallest of the children were assembled: to this inferior class I was called, and placed at the bottom of it.
Dean why Heathcliff let Thrushcross Grange, and preferred living in a situation and residence so much inferior.
I merely avoid the errors of inferior practitioners.
The situation of the inferior gentry, or Franklins, as they were called, who, by the law and spirit of the English constitution, were entitled to hold themselves independent of feudal tyranny, became now unusually precarious.
He concluded, "that for his own part, he could have been content to keep me in his service as long as I lived; because he found I had cured myself of some bad habits and dispositions, by endeavouring, as far as my inferior nature was capable, to imitate the HOUYHNHNMS.
In this article, therefore, the power of the President would be inferior to that of either the monarch or the governor.
At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a mis- sionary enterprise.
Even a woman may be good, and also a slave; though the woman may be said to be an inferior being, and the slave quite worthless.
If equally matched, we can offer battle; if slightly inferior in numbers, we can avoid the enemy; if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.
That is to say, persuaded that I should never do any good with my life, and that I was inferior even to the sole of my own boot, I took it into my head that it was absurd for me to aspire at all-- rather, that I ought to account myself a disgrace and an abomination.
The voluptuous Tahitians are the only people who at all deserve to be compared with them; while the dark-haired Hawaiians and the woolly-headed Feejees are immeasurably inferior to them.
Day by day it varied in form, or rather its lower peaks, and the summits of others of the chain emerged above the clear horizon, and finally the inferior line of hills which connected most of them rose to view.