Definition of low-ranking in US English:



  • Having a low rank or position in a particular hierarchy.

    ‘low-ranking police officers’
    • ‘His empowerment story of rising from a low-ranking cop to an IRS officer may further strengthen the very premise of the reservation policy.’
    • ‘Consequently, most low-ranking gang members hold low paying legitimate sector jobs in addition to selling drugs for the gang.’
    • ‘Consequently, high-ranking females recruit more offspring to the age of sexual maturity than do low-ranking females.’
    • ‘Courtney was too low-ranking to be worth the Russians investing in.’
    • ‘I don't think Secretary Rumsfeld is going to appear in a court for a trial for some low-ranking member of the military, no.’
    • ‘Only a low ranking official was sent to greet him at the airport.’
    • ‘The nine soldiers convicted in the Abu Ghraib scandal have all been low-ranking Reservists.’
    • ‘Thus, the superior nutrition available to high-ranking mothers may allow them to be more successful than low-ranking mothers at raising twins or daughters.’
    • ‘Some Democrats have accused the Pentagon of foisting all the blame on to low-ranking soldiers.’
    • ‘In four cases, females paired to low-ranking males had extrapair copulations with high-ranking neighbors.’
    • ‘Her family was low-ranking in the byzantine system of social controls in place in North Korea.’
    • ‘However, low-ranking birds appear to experience much lower overall reproductive success in disturbed habitat than in undisturbed habitat.’
    • ‘At the top are high-ranking lineages, followed by low-ranking lineages.’
    • ‘Among primates, high social rank affects the rate of pubertal development, with high-ranking females maturing more quickly than low-ranking females.’
    • ‘In the war itself he was a low-ranking South Vietnamese officer.’
    • ‘The fifth extrapair copulation involved an experimentally manipulated female who copulated with a low-ranking male.’
    • ‘Having demonstrated the importance they attach to world famine by the low-ranking delegations, Western governments used the conference to propagate their own agenda.’
    • ‘In olive baboons, two lower ranking males sometimes form a team to gain access to estrous females.’
    • ‘In each instance, the mother was a low-ranking female who had given birth to male twins.’
    • ‘Most of the theories about his identity focus on low-ranking or already disgraced policemen.’