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Synonyms for inferior
ɪnˈfɪər i ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. inferior(a)

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

  2. inferior(n)


    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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How to use inferior in a sentence?

  1. Richard Blumenthal:

    The practice of steering involves jeopardy to the consumer because of the concern about parts, safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering because often it involves the use of parts that may be salvaged or inferior or even counterfeit and that is a real urgent and imminent safety concern for the consumer who may have no idea what the origin of the parts are, who made them, or even whether they're installed properly.

  2. 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.

  3. Unknown:

    There was never in the history of the world a great politician who was not hated by large numbers of inferior men.

  4. Alfred Adler:

    To be human means to feel inferior.

  5. Aristotle:

    A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

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