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"inferior" in British English

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inferioradjective

uk   /ɪnˈfɪə.ri.ər/  us   /-ˈfɪr.i.ɚ/
C1 not good, or not as good as someone or something ​else: These ​products are inferior to those we ​bought last ​year. She ​citedcases in which women had ​received inferior ​healthcare. It was ​clear the ​group were ​regarded as intellectually/​morally/​socially inferior. lower, or of ​lowerrank: an inferior ​officer specialized anatomy of the ​lowersurface of a ​bodypart specialized medical used to refer to a ​bodypart that is below another ​bodypart: the inferior ​alveolarartery
inferiority
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌfɪə.riˈɒr.ə.ti/  us   /-ˌfɪr.iˈɔːr.ə.t̬i/
C2 His ​illtreatment as a ​child had given him a ​strong sense of inferiority.
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inferiornoun [C]

uk   /ɪnˈfɪə.ri.ər/  us   /-ˈfɪr.i.ɚ/
C2 someone who is ​considered to be less ​important than other ​people: He ​regarded most men as his ​social, ​moral, and ​intellectual inferiors.
(Definition of inferior from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inferior" in American English

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inferioradjective

 us   /ɪnˈfɪər·i·ər/
worse than ​average, or not as good as ​others of the same ​type: She ​felt inferior to her ​oldersister.
inferiority
noun [U]  us   /ɪnˌfɪər·iˈɔr·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈɑr-/
feelings of inferiority
(Definition of inferior from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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