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Definition of low quality, or of lower quality or rank than something else — sometimes used as a noun to refer to a person of lower rank or status

Less commonly, specialized senses include:
  • anatomy and botany — a lower position on a body or plant (or pointed downward)
  • typography — a character that drops beneath a printing line (such as with subscript)
  • astronomy — having an orbit relative to the sun that is lower than earth's (making Mercury and Venus inferior planets)
  • Nazis believed other races were inferior.
inferior = of lower quality
  • She was rude and treated them as intellectual inferiors.
  • inferiors = people who are of lower status
  • George Washington believed Native Americans were equals, but that their society was inferior.
  • inferior = of lower quality
  • She argued that the statute treated women as inferior to men under the law—which is unconstitutional.
  • inferior = of lower quality or importance
  • At the start of the war, all the American fighter planes were inferior to the Japanese Zero in maneuverability, dogfighting, and range.
  • inferior = of lower quality
  • One of the many questions that have often bothered me is why women have been, and still are, thought to be so inferior to men.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • inferior = of lower status or quality
  • The leaves are inferior and the sticks are brittle.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • inferior = of low quality
  • If you choose to demote me to an inferior post as a result of my failure, I hope I may accept it with grace.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • inferior = lower status or less important
  • Here was he, junior to the judge by perhaps twenty years, and yet with a vastly inferior sense of self-preservation.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • inferior = less strong
  • You're making him feel inferior and he can't take it.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • inferior = of lower status or quality
  • "He became convinced that humans had devolved into progressively inferior beings," McKinney explains, "and it was his goal to return to a natural state."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inferior = of lower quality
  • Central to the Japanese identity was the belief that it was Japan's divinely mandated right to rule its fellow Asians, whom it saw as inherently inferior.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • inferior = of lower status and quality
  • They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior; official censors, judges, and executors.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • inferior = of lower status or quality
  • Wealth was an inferior object, but what glory would attend the discovery if I could banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • inferior = of less importance
  • But simultaneously, true to the Principles of doublethink, the Party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inferiors = people of lower quality
  • Never was there a more beautiful example of how the majesty of age and wisdom may comport with the obeisance and respect enjoined upon it, as from a lower social rank, and inferior order of endowment, towards a higher.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inferior = lower status or quality
  • I didn't want to add to his humiliations; I even sympathized with his trembling, goaded egotism he could no longer contain, the furious arrogance which sprang out now at the mere hint of opposition from someone he had at last found whom he could consider inferior to himself.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • inferior = of lower status
  • He just doesn't have a goal, plus he thinks he's too stupid and inferior to ever achieve anything.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • inferior = of low quality
  • What most oppressed him was the consciousness of his own intellectual inferiority.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inferiority = lower quality
  • Why should the fruit be held inferior to the flower?
    George Orwell  --  1984
inferior = of less importance

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