Meaning of “inferior” in the English Dictionary

"inferior" in English

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uk /ɪnˈfɪə.ri.ər/ us /ɪnˈfɪr.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 cited cases in which women had received inferior healthcare.
It was clear the group were regarded as intellectually/morally/socially inferior.

lower, or of lower rank:

an inferior officer

specialized anatomy of the lower surface of a body part

specialized medical used to refer to a body part that is below another body part:

the inferior alveolar artery
noun [ U ] uk /ɪnˌfɪə.riˈɒr.ə.ti/ us /ɪnˌfɪr.iˈɔːr.ə.t̬i/


His ill treatment as a child had given him a strong sense of inferiority.

inferiornoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈfɪə.ri.ər/ us /ɪnˈfɪr.i.ɚ/

(Definition of “inferior” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ɪnˈfɪər·i·ər/

worse than average, or not as good as others of the same type:

She felt inferior to her older sister.
noun [ U ] us /ɪnˌfɪər·iˈɔr·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈɑr-/

feelings of inferiority

(Definition of “inferior” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)