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
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adj 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

adj 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
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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adj not intense

low-level radiation”
Synonyms:
low
less than normal in degree or intensity or amount

adj 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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