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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 older sister.
inferiority
noun [U]  us   /ɪnˌfɪər·iˈɔr·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈɑr-/
feelings of inferiority
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inferioradjective

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
inferiority
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌfɪə.riˈɒr.ə.ti/  us   /ɪnˌfɪr.iˈɔːr.ə.t̬i/
C2 His ill treatment as a child had given him a strong sense of inferiority.
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inferiornoun [C]

uk   /ɪnˈfɪə.ri.ər/  us   /ɪnˈfɪr.i.ɚ/
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