from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. inferior in rank or status.

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  • adj. inferior in rank or status


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  • Many lower-ranking officials recruited by Ms. Rhee and attracted by the prospect of serious reform will feel comfortable staying on.

    DeMorning DeBonis: March 9, 2011

  • Hor told reporters Monday that if the prosecutions were expanded to include lower-ranking Khmer Rouge officials "it could jeopardize peace and stability."

    Clinton urges Cambodia to strike a balance with China

  • The arrest is in connection with an alleged Internet campaign launched by lower-ranking military officers aimed at discrediting the Islamic-leaning government.

    World Watch

  • The IMF sent a lower-ranking official to Brussels in his place who had no latitude to deviate from the IMF's deadline.

    Dithering at the Top Turned EU Crisis to Global Threat

  • Lawmakers began turning the spotlight to lower-ranking executives, with Sen. Stabenow saying the committee is talking to back-office personnel about what happened.

    CME Head Challenges Corzine's Account in MF Hearing

  • Alluding again to his longtime interest in the Kremlin, Mr. Gates said studying the Soviets taught him that when multiple generations of lower-ranking officials believe in reforms, they are much harder to undo.

    Basic Training: How Gates Grew

  • Those drone strikes killed dozens of lower-ranking militants and at least ten mid-and upper-level leaders within al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

    The Longest War

  • Last week, al-Issawi disclosed a plan to remove top commanders at the Interior Ministry and replace them with lower-ranking officials, aiming at reforming the most hated institution in Egypt after decades of being the heavy hand for Mubarak and his predecessors.

    Egypt: Clashes erupt in Suez to urge reforms

  • The response to the oil spill will continue, under the command of a lower-ranking Coast Guard admiral based in New Orleans.

    Thad Allen can finally retire

  • It also took lower-ranking officers who were creative and adaptable.

    Changed by Iraq, Military Asks What Will Stick


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