inferior

You might call something inferior if its quality isn't as good as another, comparable thing, like that kite that you can't get to fly no matter how fast you run back and forth while your friend's kite soars overhead.

Besides "lower in quality," another meaning of the adjective inferior is "lower in rank or status," the way a corporal is inferior to a general in the Army. The word inferior can also be used as a noun to mean "a person who is lower in rank or status," in which case you might say to your younger brother, "You are my inferior, therefore you should take out the trash."

Primary Meanings of inferior

1.
adjn
of or characteristic of low rank or importance
one of lesser rank or station or quality
2.
adjn
lower than a given reference point
a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
3.
adj
having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit
Full Definitions of inferior
1

adj of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Synonyms:
low-level, subordinate
lower in rank or importance
low
literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
low
less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
humble, low, lowly, modest, small
low or inferior in station or quality
indifferent
fairly poor to not very good
low-level
at a low level in rank or importance
middle-level
intermediate in rank or position
outclassed
decisively surpassed by something else so as to appear to be of a lower class
Antonyms:
superior
of or characteristic of high rank or importance
dominant
exercising influence or control
high
greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
arch, condescending, patronising, patronizing
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
eminent, high
standing above others in quality or position
leading, preeminent
greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
high-level, high-ranking, upper-level
at an elevated level in rank or importance
majestic, olympian
majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters
superordinate
of higher rank or status or value
upper
superior in rank or accomplishment
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adj of low or inferior quality

Synonyms:
worst
(superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
bad
below average in quality or performance
base
(used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny
of very poor quality; flimsy
bush, bush-league
not of the highest quality or sophistication
cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry
cheap and shoddy
coarse, common
of low or inferior quality or value
coarsened
made coarse or crude by lack of skill
commercial, commercial-grade
of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched
of very poor quality or condition
less
(usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
low-grade
of inferior quality
mediocre, second-rate
moderate to inferior in quality
ropey, ropy
(British informal) very poor in quality
scrawny, scrubby, stunted
inferior in size or quality
second-class
of inferior status or quality
third-rate
of lesser quality than second-rate
utility, utility-grade
used of beef; usable but inferior
Antonyms:
superior
of high or superior quality or performance
best
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops
of the highest quality
banner
unusually good; outstanding
blue-ribbon, select
selected or chosen for special qualifications
boss, brag
exceptionally good
brilliant, superb
of surpassing excellence
capital
first-rate
choice, prime, prize, quality, select
of superior grade
excellent, fantabulous, first-class, splendid
very good;of the highest quality
gilt-edged
of the highest quality or value
greatest, sterling, superlative
highest in quality
high-performance
modified to give superior performance
outstanding
distinguished from others in excellence
premium
having or reflecting superior quality or value
pucka, pukka
absolutely first class and genuine
shining
marked by exceptional merit
spiffing
excellent or splendid
supreme
highest in excellence or achievement
top-flight, top-hole, topping
excellent; best possible
surpassing, transcendent
exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
weapons-grade
of a quality adequate for use in weapons (especially in weapons of mass destruction)
well-made
skillfully constructed
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adj falling short of some prescribed norm

Synonyms:
deficient, substandard
nonstandard
varying from or not adhering to a standard

n one of lesser rank or station or quality

Antonyms:
higher-up, superior, superordinate
one of greater rank or station or quality
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another
2

adj lower than a given reference point

inferior alveolar artery”
Synonyms:
bottom
situated at the bottom or lowest position

adj written or printed below and to one side of another character

Synonyms:
subscript
Antonyms:
superior, superscript
written or printed above and to one side of another character
adscript
written or printed immediately following another character and aligned with it
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n a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

Synonyms:
subscript
Antonyms:
superior, superscript
a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
Type of:
character, grapheme, graphic symbol
a written symbol that is used to represent speech
3

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

“Mercury and Venus are inferior planets”
Antonyms:
superior
having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit

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