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Meaning of superordinate

su•per•or•di•nate

Pronunciation: (adj., n.s"pur-ôr'dn-itv.s"pur-ôr'dn-āt"), [key]
— adj., n., v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
—adj.
  1. of higher degree in condition or rank.
  2. (of a universal proposition) related to a particular proposition of the same quality and containing the same terms in the same order.
—n.
  1. a superordinate person or thing.
  2. a term that denotes a general class under which a set of subcategories is subsumed:Cf. “Child” is the superordinate of “girl” and “boy.”
—v.t.
  1. to elevate to superordinate position.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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