Meaning of inferiority complex

inferior'ity com"plex

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  1. intense feeling of inferiority, producing a personality characterized either by extreme reticence or, as a result of overcompensation, by extreme aggressiveness.
  2. lack of self-esteem; feeling of inadequacy; lack of self-confidence.
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