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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.
superior(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
superior(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
superiorin 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.