Definition of inferior adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfɪəriə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfɪriər//
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  1. 1not good or not as good as somebody/something else of inferior quality inferior goods to make somebody feel inferior inferior to somebody/something Modern music is often considered inferior to that of the past.
  2. 2[usually before noun] (formal) of lower rank; lower an inferior officer
  3. opposite superior
    Word Originlate Middle English (originally as an anatomical term meaning ‘in a lower position’): from Latin, comparative of inferus ‘low’.Extra examples Her obvious popularity made me feel inferior. His later work was vastly inferior to his early work. These later paintings are slightly inferior in value. Women are often regarded as inferior. The cracks in the structure were due to the poor-quality materials and inferior workmanship.
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