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Synonyms for inferior
ɪnˈfɪər i ər

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  1. inferior(noun)

    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, inferior(adj)

    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. inferior(adj)

    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. inferior(adj)

    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, inferior(adj)

    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. inferior(adj)

    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. inferior(adj)

    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, substandard(adj)

    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


  1. inferior(noun)


  2. inferior(adjective)

    of lower quality

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


  3. inferior(adjective)


  4. inferior(adjective)


  5. inferior(adjective)


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. inferior(a.)


  2. inferior(a.)

    subordinate, secondary

  3. inferior(a.)

    poor, indifferent

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  1. List of paraphrases:

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

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