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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 ?
Let us now examine in what manner the judicial authority is to be distributed between the supreme and the inferior courts of the Union.
In cases in which a State might happen to be a party, it would ill suit its dignity to be turned over to an inferior tribunal.
In all other cases of federal cognizance, the original jurisdiction would appertain to the inferior tribunals; and the Supreme Court would have nothing more than an appellate jurisdiction, "with such exceptions and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.
Why may not it be said, with the strictest propriety, when a writ of error is brought from an inferior to a superior court of law in this State, that the latter has jurisdiction of the fact as well as the law?
This power has been absurdly represented as intended to abolish all the county courts in the several States, which are commonly called inferior courts.
The proper officers will take the offspring of the good parents to the pen or fold, and there they will deposit them with certain nurses who dwell in a separate quarter; but the offspring of the inferior, or of the better when they chance to be deformed, will be put away in some mysterious, unknown place, as they should be.
They were far more interested in interaction between peers than in regulating relations with superiors and inferiors.
Such aiming above oneself in one's company would make one servile to superiors and contemptuous of inferiors.
By contrast, upper-class characters display shortcomings that require their inferiors to teach them "una lezione di comportamento e di civilta" (36).
Strangers might not only be demeaning social inferiors; their uncertain moral character - perhaps repulsive or, worse, tempting - was a danger to the respectable in a way that associations with social inferiors alone were not.