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One who has a right to give orders; belonging to a higher grade.

A superior is someone or something entitled to command, influence, or control. In the judicial system, a superior court has general or extensive jurisdiction, as opposed to an inferior court. A superior court bears a different meaning in different states. In some states, it is a tribunal of intermediate jurisdiction between the trial courts and the chief appellate court; in other states, however, it is the name given to trial courts.

In the law of Negligence, a superior force is an uncontrollable and irresistible force that produces results that could not be avoided.

In real property, a holder of a superior estate has an Easement, or a nonpossessory interest in land, in an inferior estate.


(Excellent), adjective above average, above par, better, choice, deluxe, distinguished, exceptional, finer, first-rate, foremost, greater, high-class, high-grade, illustrious, incomparable, matchless, melior, noble, nonpareil, peerless, praestantior, preferable, preferred, seccnd to none, superexcellent, superlative, supreme, topping, transcendent, unequaled, unexcelled, unparalleled, unrivalled, unsurpassed


(Higher), adjective chief, greater, more eleeated, of greater influence, of higher rank, paramount, senior
Associated concepts: respondeat superior, superior court, superior force
See also: absolute, ascendant, best, chief, director, disdainful, dominant, employer, ideal, important, inflated, irresistible, meritorious, notable, outstanding, paramount, predominant, preferable, preferential, premium, prime, principal, prior, professional, prominent, select, special, stellar, sterling, superlative, unapproachable, valuable


in feudal law, the person from whom a person lower in the feudal chain holds his land.

SUPERIOR. One who has a right to command; one who holds a superior rank; as, a soldier is bound to obey his superior.
     2. In estates, some are superior to others; an estate entitled to a servitude or easement over another estate, is called the superior or dominant, and the other the inferior or servient estate. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 1612.
     3. Of courts, some are supreme or superior, possessing in general appellate jurisdiction, either by writ of error or by appeal; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2527; the others are called inferior courts.

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It showed the anterior sacral meningocele displacing the bladder anteriorly, laterally, and superiorly distorting the bladder neck and proximal urethra.
Superiorly based flaps were planned for the eyelids, nose and the hard palate; inferiorly based flaps for the oral cavity except the hard palate.
It is attached superiorly to the medial condyle of the femur immediately below the adductor tubercle, and inferiorly to the medial condyle and medial surface of the body of the tibia.
5) Radiographs typically show the shaft of the humerus directed superiorly and parallel to the scapular spine, with the humeral head below the core-cold process or glenoid fosse.
In case 1, two foramina were easily detected, with a trabecular bone separating one foramen superiorly and the other, inferiorly.
This is due to powerful contraction of the muscles around the shoulder forcing the humeral head superiorly and posteriorly against the acromion, and medially against the glenoid before it slips behind the glenoid rim into posterior dislocation.
The doughnut sign visualised on the lateral chest radiograph is formed by the normal right and left main pulmonary arteries and the posterior aspect of the aortic arch anteriorly and superiorly and hilar and subcarinal lymphadenopathy inferiorly, with the central radiolucent centre formed by the trachea and upper lobe bronchi (1-3) (Fig.
The collection displaced the bowel to the left and inferiorly, and the liver superiorly.
But this young man Michael, Is quite happy to cycle, Because he is superiorly physiological.
The distinguishing feature of the axis is the odontoid process, also known as the dens or the odontoid peg, which a tooth-like process which projects superiorly from the body of the axis and is held in place by the transverse ligament of the atlas (Moore & Dalley 1999).
If this occurs, then the fascia is retracted superiorly and the rectum is retracted inferiorly to help identify the correct dissection plane.
Trauma radiographic images were obtained and revealed other injuries including disruption of the diaphragm with abdominal contents displaced superiorly, left rib fractures with pneumothorax, pelvic fracture with hematoma, and a large hematoma anterior and superior to urinary bladder.