What is another word for inferior?

Synonyms for inferior
ɪnˈfɪər i ərin·fe·ri·or

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  1. inferiornoun


  2. inferioradjective

    of lower quality

    Anna had always felt inferior to her brother due to poor school grades.


  3. inferioradjective


  4. inferioradjective


  5. inferioradjective


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inferiornoun

    one of lesser rank or station or quality


    higher-up, superior, superordinate, splendid, arch, A-one, well-made, topnotch, quality, superb, surpassing, super, high-performance, premium, fantabulous, top-flight, prime(a), upper, spiffing, choice, sterling(a), ace, top(a), transcendent, crack, pucka, outstanding, top-hole, gilt-edged, brilliant, standard, olympian, tiptop, banner, condescending, shining, boss, first-rate, excellent, capital, weapons-grade, side(a), pukka, patronising, top-notch, leading(a), high-level, brag, topping, blue-ribbon(a), superlative, majestic, high, select, supreme, greatest, upper-level, prize, tops(p), patronizing, preeminent, high-ranking, first-class, eminent

  2. subscript, inferioradjective

    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character


    superior, higher-up, superordinate, brag, outstanding, superb, ace, high-level, pukka, top(a), A-one, quality, upper, top-notch, choice, standard, top-flight, high-ranking, arch, blue-ribbon(a), olympian, first-class, prize, preeminent, supreme, prime(a), superlative, pucka, spiffing, gilt-edged, capital, well-made, super, topnotch, upper-level, topping, top-hole, sterling(a), crack, majestic, condescending, brilliant, splendid, tops(p), select, patronizing, first-rate, eminent, high-performance, patronising, surpassing, leading(a), excellent, fantabulous, weapons-grade, side(a), high, premium, transcendent, boss, banner, tiptop, greatest, shining

  3. inferioradjective

    of or characteristic of low rank or importance

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superordinate, higher-up, superior, select, banner, superlative, patronizing, high, capital, surpassing, high-performance, boss, tops(p), weapons-grade, well-made, premium, olympian, shining, excellent, top-hole, high-level, choice, brag, patronising, first-class, arch, fantabulous, ace, superb, standard, topnotch, blue-ribbon(a), splendid, brilliant, outstanding, quality, prize, spiffing, preeminent, crack, top(a), top-flight, side(a), topping, sterling(a), upper-level, first-rate, transcendent, majestic, eminent, leading(a), tiptop, condescending, high-ranking, A-one, pukka, supreme, top-notch, pucka, super, upper, gilt-edged, greatest, prime(a)

  4. inferioradjective

    of low or inferior quality

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, preeminent, first-class, prize, quality, outstanding, excellent, transcendent, tops(p), patronizing, tiptop, arch, top-flight, greatest, gilt-edged, standard, patronising, capital, olympian, well-made, top-hole, pucka, side(a), select, banner, brilliant, high-ranking, fantabulous, premium, brag, supreme, high, ace, majestic, topping, first-rate, weapons-grade, prime(a), leading(a), condescending, surpassing, crack, pukka, top(a), upper-level, splendid, high-performance, sterling(a), high-level, A-one, eminent, superlative, superb, choice, upper, topnotch, spiffing, blue-ribbon(a), shining, top-notch, boss, super

  5. subscript, inferioradjective

    written or printed below and to one side of another character

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, first-rate, top-flight, weapons-grade, upper, select, top(a), top-notch, super, splendid, superb, tiptop, topping, choice, patronizing, surpassing, superlative, prize, banner, standard, blue-ribbon(a), supreme, brag, olympian, sterling(a), fantabulous, upper-level, excellent, quality, A-one, condescending, preeminent, tops(p), arch, capital, high-performance, well-made, outstanding, greatest, majestic, first-class, gilt-edged, prime(a), patronising, high-ranking, topnotch, side(a), leading(a), transcendent, pucka, top-hole, shining, brilliant, pukka, eminent, spiffing, boss, high, premium, crack, high-level, ace

  6. inferioradjective

    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit

    "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    higher-up, superior, superordinate, tops(p), transcendent, banner, superb, supreme, topnotch, upper, top-flight, standard, first-class, high-performance, outstanding, greatest, pucka, tiptop, quality, brag, select, spiffing, top-notch, topping, leading(a), superlative, high-ranking, premium, capital, eminent, weapons-grade, excellent, crack, blue-ribbon(a), splendid, olympian, choice, sterling(a), ace, prize, majestic, brilliant, shining, fantabulous, preeminent, pukka, side(a), condescending, upper-level, gilt-edged, arch, surpassing, prime(a), high, boss, high-level, well-made, super, A-one, first-rate, top(a), patronising, patronizing, top-hole

  7. inferioradjective

    lower than a given reference point

    "inferior alveolar artery"

    subscript, deficient, substandard

    superior, higher-up, superordinate, A-one, shining, patronizing, pukka, select, superb, boss, splendid, gilt-edged, spiffing, superlative, leading(a), side(a), patronising, quality, top-flight, olympian, first-rate, transcendent, standard, top-hole, prime(a), capital, upper-level, upper, prize, super, brilliant, fantabulous, high-performance, topping, crack, excellent, blue-ribbon(a), well-made, premium, tiptop, supreme, surpassing, majestic, high, top-notch, preeminent, outstanding, sterling(a), eminent, condescending, pucka, high-ranking, banner, brag, arch, topnotch, greatest, ace, top(a), choice, first-class, high-level, tops(p), weapons-grade

  8. deficient, inferior, substandardadjective

    falling short of some prescribed norm

    "substandard housing"

    insufficient, subscript, lacking(p), deficient, wanting(p), substandard

    superordinate, superior, higher-up, majestic, splendid, excellent, choice, upper-level, well-made, crack, fantabulous, ace, tops(p), arch, A-one, topnotch, preeminent, super, transcendent, pukka, eminent, first-rate, banner, top(a), brag, sterling(a), select, greatest, topping, superlative, surpassing, weapons-grade, supreme, blue-ribbon(a), capital, top-notch, boss, brilliant, spiffing, first-class, tiptop, high-level, top-hole, olympian, leading(a), high, quality, condescending, top-flight, prime(a), gilt-edged, pucka, high-performance, outstanding, side(a), high-ranking, premium, superb, patronising, patronizing, upper, shining, prize, standard

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inferioradjective


  2. inferioradjective

    subordinate, secondary

  3. inferioradjective

    poor, indifferent

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inferioradjective

    poorer, lower, subordinate, menial, minor, mediocre, subaltern

  2. inferiornoun


    peer, equal, superior

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "inferior":

    lower, bottom, shoddy, below, substandard, low-grade, semi-precious

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  1. Clive Staples Lewis:

    What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented who are they to overtop their fellows And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

  2. Anania Ncube:

    Having the numbers without the right quality is not the best strategy in cattle management as large numbers of inferior cattle will not give them the best returns.

  3. Betty Nyoni:

    We normally have no electricity. We skip experiments in electrical physics and switchboard designs. Our test marks flop, and are inferior to students in city schools that have better power supplies.

  4. Robert G. Ingersoll:

    I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.

  5. Og Mandino:

    If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions.

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