One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A thing that represents a superior order or category within a system of classification.‘a pair of compatibles must have a common superordinate’
- ‘In terms of language, sexism refers to a bias through which patterns and references of male usage are taken to be normative, superordinate, and positive and those of women are taken to be deviant, subordinate, and negative.’
- 1.1Linguistics A word whose meaning includes the meaning of one or more other words.‘‘bird’ is the superordinate of ‘canary’’
- ‘When defining noun-concepts, children appealed to superordinates less frequently than adults, and almost never mentioned superordinates when defining verbs.’
- ‘If it does, only subject NPs which bear the feature [+ honorific] can be a potential antecedent for the reflexive; if it does not, any type of superordinate subject NP can be a potential binder.’
2A person of superior rank or status.‘superordinates can indulge in a casualness that subordinates are not permitted’
- ‘Rhetorically speaking, the willful silence of the superordinate can serve as a potent expression of institutional authority and discipline.’
- ‘One approach is creating a culture in which accountability to organizational superordinates feels like an opportunity to contribute rather than a threatening event.’
- ‘A second approach to resolving the dilemma is creating accountability to an outside party rather than to an employee's superordinates.’
Superior in rank or status.‘senior staff's superordinate position’
- ‘Conflict between contending groups may be resolved, lessened, or contained through the use of ‘medical diplomacy’ or health oriented superordinate goals’
- ‘Denial of Charter rights to one person, even with that person's express consent, may affect others, diminishing the superordinate social values we cherish and the integrity of the judicial process.’
- ‘In the case before me, the parties agree that public interest is a superordinate consideration.’
- ‘In hierarchies it reinforces the subordinate - superordinate relations.’
- ‘More importantly, there is also a need to unite the management team, perhaps through their buy-in of a superordinate goal.’
Early 17th century: from super- ‘above’, on the pattern of subordinate.
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