low-level

Someone who's described as being low-level has very little authority in their job or position. A low-level employee at the F.B.I. might be the person who answers the phone, or who cleans people's offices at the end of the day.

A low-level police officer's job might involve giving speeding tickets, rather than investigating murders, and a low-level librarian might be stuck shelving books, instead of ordering new ones or archiving historical manuscripts. Another meaning of low-level is physically low, or at a low altitude: "I feel like I could almost touch that low-level cloud."

Definitions of low-level
  1. adjective
    at a low level in rank or importance
    “a low-level job”
    low-level discussions”
    Synonyms:
    inferior
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  2. adjective
    lower in rank or importance
    synonyms: subordinate
    adjunct, assistant
    of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another
    associate
    having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status
    secondary
    belonging to a lower class or rank
    under
    lower in rank, power, or authority
    subordinate
    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
    inferior
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
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    Antonyms:
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
    ascendant, ascendent, dominating
    most powerful or important or influential
    controlling
    able to control or determine policy
    governing
    responsible for making and enforcing rules and laws
    overriding, paramount, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating
    having superior power and influence
    possessive
    having or showing a desire to control or dominate
    sovereign, supreme
    greatest in status or authority or power
    superior
    (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by
    superior
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
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  3. adjective
    not intense
    low-level radiation”
    Synonyms:
    low
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  4. adjective
    occurring at a relatively low altitude
    “a low-level strafing run”
    synonyms: low-altitude
    low
    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
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