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 for superior letter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Superior \Su*pe"ri*or\, a. [L., compar. of superus being above,
     fr. super above, over: cf. F. sup['e]rieur. See Super-, and
     cf. Supreme.]
     1. More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the
        superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.
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     2. Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a
        superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.
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     3. Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the
        greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or
        degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior
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     4. Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be
        subdued or affected by; -- with to.
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              There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a
              great man superior to his sufferings. --Spectator.
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     5. More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a
        genus is superior to a species.
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     6. (Bot.)
        (a) Above the ovary; -- said of parts of the flower which,
            although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and
            so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an
            ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below
            it in position, and free from it.
        (b) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is
            toward the main stem; posterior.
        (c) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; --
            said of the radicle.
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     Superior conjunction, Superior planets, etc. See
        Conjunction, Planet, etc.
     Superior figure, Superior letter (Print.), a figure or
        letter printed above the line, as a reference to a note or
        an index of a power, etc; as, in x^{2 + y^{n}, 2 is a
        superior figure, n a superior letter. Cf. Inferior
        figure, under Inferior.
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