1. [syn: inferior court, lower court]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inferior \In*fe"ri*or\, a. [L., compar. of inferus that is
below, underneath, the lower; akin to E. under: cf. F.
inf['e]rieur. See Under.]
1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less
important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
A thousand inferior and particular propositions.
The body, or, as some love to call it, our inferior
Whether they are equal or inferior to my other
poems, an author is the most improper judge.
2. Poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods.
(a) Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or
interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury
(b) Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a
(a) Situated below some other organ; -- said of a calyx
when free from the ovary, and therefore below it, or
of an ovary with an adherent and therefore inferior
(b) On the side of a flower which is next the bract;
5. (Min.) Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior
Inferior court (Law), a court subject to the jurisdiction
of another court known as the superior court, or higher
Inferior letter, Inferior figure (Print.), a small letter
or figure standing at the bottom of the line (opposed to
superior letter or figure), as in A2, Bn, 2 and n are
Inferior tide, the tide corresponding to the moon's transit
of the meridian, when below the horizon.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any court whose decisions can be appealed to a higher court
[syn: inferior court, lower court]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
INFERIOR COURTS. By this term are understood all courts except the supreme
courts. An inferior court is a court of limited jurisdiction, and it must
appear on the face of its proceedings that it has jurisdiction, or its
proceedings. will be void. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2529.