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 for Inferior letter
From 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.]
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     1. Lower in place, rank, value, excellence, etc.; less
        important or valuable; subordinate; underneath; beneath.
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              A thousand inferior and particular propositions.
                                                    --I. Watts.
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              The body, or, as some love to call it, our inferior
              nature.                               --Burke.
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              Whether they are equal or inferior to my other
              poems, an author is the most improper judge.
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     2. Poor or mediocre; as, an inferior quality of goods.
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     3. (Astron.)
        (a) Nearer the sun than the earth is; as, the inferior or
            interior planets; an inferior conjunction of Mercury
            or Venus.
        (b) Below the horizon; as, the inferior part of a
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     4. (Bot.)
        (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;
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     5. (Min.) Junior or subordinate in rank; as, an inferior
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     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 characters.
     Inferior tide, the tide corresponding to the moon's transit
        of the meridian, when below the horizon.
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