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



BrE BrE//ˌsuːpərˈɔːdɪnət//
, BrE//ˌsjuːpərˈɔːdɪnət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsuːpərˈɔːrdɪnət//
[only before noun]
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used to describe a word, category or level with a more general meaning, greater range or higher level than something else (linguistics) ‘Vehicle’ is semantically more general than ‘bus’, being the superordinate term of bus. compare subordinate (2)

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