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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


in feudal law, the person from whom a person lower in the feudal chain holds his land.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Dougherty MJ, Calligaro KD, DeLaurentis DA (1996) Congenitally absent inferior vena cava presenting in adulthood with venous stasis and ulceration: a surgically treated case.
Case 74: right-sided superior vena cava draining into left atrium in a patient with persistent left-sided superior vena cava.
Recurrent pulmonary embolism despite inferior vena cava filter placement in patients with the antiphospholipid syndrome.
Other specific therapies targeting the cause of obstruction of the superior vena cava are thyroidectomy, chemoradiotherapy, and surgical resection [6-12].
Cavallari, "International registry of inferior vena cava leiomyosarcoma: analysis of a world series on 218 patients," Anticancer Research, vol.
Pretermination venography and CT/ CT venography of the control device, the OptEase Retrievable Vena Cava Filter (the animal was terminated on day 183 after implantation), identified no IVC filter-related complications.
Until the PRESERVE trial provides long-term data on safety and efficacy of the IVC filters (ALN, Option Elite Retrievable, VenaTech LP, Cook Gunther Tulip, Bard DENALI, and Cordis OptEase Retrievable vena cava filter), case reports like these should alert clinicians to think about hemopericardium as a cause of cardiac tamponade and cardiogenic shock in a patient with a history of an IVC filter placement.
The CVC should be positioned in the superior vena cava above the right ventricle.