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in french it seems to also refer to a lower quality. but it also means "lower" physically. the dictionary says "les membres inferieurs" for the lower limbs, the lower level of a building. the dictionary also says "inferieur a" is used w numbers and quantity where english would use "less than or smaller than."
C'est moins cher, mais de qualité inférieure.
(comparaison) inférieur à [+somme] less than
[+quantité] less than, smaller than
le niveau inférieur du bâtiment - lower level of bldg
"inférieur" is used in these 3 meanings.