While naming each operator in a programming language, the comparison operators came up, and there's no obvious name for two of them.

  • = Equality Operator
  • Inequality Operator
  • > Superiority Operator
  • < Inferiority Operator
  • ??
  • ??

The operator is usually named greater-than-or-equal-to, not-less-than or at-least.

The operator is usually named less-than-or-equal-to, not-greater-than or at-most.

The > operator is normally just named greater-than, so superior seemed like an obvious, single-word alternative. Likewise, inferior seems like a good alternative to less-than.

For the remaining two, I thought of using neologisms, and came up with asuperior for and ainferior for . While, asuperior works pretty well, ainferior doesn't feel as natural or intuitive.

Are there single-word names that make sense for all six operators?

  • 2
    Floor and Ceiling correspond to the minimum and the maximum respectively, but in English are neither verbs nor comparatives, and in most programming languages where they are verbs (functions) they return one of the )arguments, instead of a Boolean truth value. In my favorite programming language, for example, ≤ is spelled <: and floor is spelled <. (resp. >: and >. for ≥ and ceiling).
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 14:46
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    Consider minimal(ly) for and maximal(ly) for . They're clunky if you need to call them M... Operator, though.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 15:53
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    Tops informal, adverb at the most. "some civil servant earning twenty-eight thousand a year, tops" ODO
    – NVZ
    Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 16:01

2 Answers 2


Looks like there is no single word for ≥ "greater than or equal to" or ≤ "less than or equal to".



Some programming languages, notably classic Fortran and Bash scripting, use the following two-letter names for the six operators.

  • = EQ
  • NE
  • > GT
  • < LT
  • GE
  • LE

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