Superior vs Caput - What's the difference?

superior | caput |

As nouns the difference between superior and caput

is that superior is a person of higher rank or quality while caput is (anatomy) the head.

As a adjective superior

is higher in quality.



Alternative forms

* superiour (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Higher in quality.
  • Higher in rank.
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  • More comprehensive, as a term in classification.
  • A genus is superior to a species.
  • Located above.
  • the superior''' jaw; the '''superior part of an image
  • # (botany) Above the ovary; said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.
  • # (botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
  • # (botany) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; said of the radicle.
  • # (typography) Printed in superscript.
  • a superior figure or letter
  • Greater or better than average; extraordinary.
  • Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; with to .
  • * Spectator
  • There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings.

    Usage notes

    * Superior and inferior are generally followed by to; than is sometimes used mistakenly.


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    Coordinate terms


    Derived terms

    * superiorness


    (en noun)
  • A person of higher rank or quality.
  • The senior person in a monastic community.
  • caput



  • (anatomy) The head.
  • (anatomy) A knob-like protuberance or capitulum.
  • The top or superior part of a thing.
  • (UK) The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
  • * Lamb
  • Your caputs and heads of colleges.