Inferior

Definition of Inferior

In`fe´ri`or
a.1.
1.Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
A thousand inferior and particular propositions.
- I. Watts.
The body, or, as some love to call it, our inferior nature.
- Burke.
Whether they are equal or inferior to my other poems, an author is the most improper judge.
- Dryden.
2.Poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods.
3.(Astron.) Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury or Venus.
4.(Bot.) Situated below some other organ; - said of a calyx when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior calyx.
5.(Min.) Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior officer.
Inferior court
(Law) a court subject to the jurisdiction of another court known as the superior court, or higher court.
Inferior letter
(Print.) a small letter or figure standing at the bottom of the line (opposed to superior letter or figure), as in A2, Bn, 2 and n are inferior characters.
Inferior tide
the tide corresponding to the moon's transit of the meridian, when below the horizon.
n.1.A person lower in station, rank, intellect, etc., than another.
A great person gets more by obliging his inferior than by disdaining him.
- South.

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