Definition of Subordinate

1. Noun. An assistant subject to the authority or control of another.

Exact synonyms: Foot Soldier, Subsidiary, Underling
Generic synonyms: Assistant, Help, Helper, Supporter
Specialized synonyms: Associate, Bottom Dog, Cog, Man, Second Banana, Second Fiddle
Derivative terms: Subsidiary

2. Verb. Rank or order as less important or consider of less value. "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
Generic synonyms: Grade, Order, Place, Range, Rank, Rate
Specialized synonyms: Outclass
Derivative terms: Subordination

3. Adjective. Lower in rank or importance.
Exact synonyms: Low-level
Attributes: Position, Status
Similar to: Adjunct, Assistant, Associate, Secondary, Under
Also: Inferior
Antonyms: Dominant
Derivative terms: Subordinateness

4. Noun. A word that is more specific than a given word.
Exact synonyms: Hyponym, Subordinate Word
Generic synonyms: Word

5. Verb. Make subordinate, dependent, or subservient. "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
Exact synonyms: Subdue
Generic synonyms: Lour, Lower
Derivative terms: Subordination

6. Adjective. Subject or submissive to authority or the control of another. "A subordinate kingdom"

7. Adjective. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence. "A subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
Exact synonyms: Dependent
Category relationships: Grammar
Antonyms: Independent

Definition of Subordinate

1. a. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position.

2. n. One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.

3. v. t. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another.

Definition of Subordinate

1. Adjective. Placed in a lower class, rank, or position. ¹

2. Adjective. Submissive to or controlled by authority. ¹

3. Adjective. (grammar of a clause not comparable) dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause ¹

4. Noun. One who is subordinate. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To make subservient. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To treat as of less value or importance. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive finance) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy. ¹

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Definition of Subordinate


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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subordinate

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suborder Scombroidea
suborder Scorpaenoidea
suborder Serpentes
suborder Strepsirhini
suborder Tarsioidea
suborder Theropoda
suborder Thyreophora
suborder Tyranni
suborder Xenarthra
suborder Zygoptera
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Literary usage of Subordinate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"[338] OF subordinate MAGISTRATES. § 461. Principal subordinate magistrates.—In a former chapter of these Commentaries" we distinguished magistrates into two ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"CHAPTER THE NINTH. OF subordinate MAGISTRATES. [338] § 461. Principal subordinate magistrates.—In a former chapter of these ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Its constituent elements were mad'e up not of individuals, but of groups of individuals, known as subordinate lodges. Prior to 1918 there were about 40 of ..."

4. The Law of Nations; Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel (1863)
"How Every promise made by any of the subordinate powers, by their pro- any ... In But, if a subordinate power allows himself a greater lati- what cases ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Gardiner Hammond (1890)
"OF subordinate MAGISTRATES. In a former chapter of these ... power of the state resides; and subordinate, or those who act, in an inferior secondary sphere. ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Instead of that 11 WALL. the mandate is transmitted to the subordinate court, and where the directions contained in the mandate are precise and unambiguous, ..."

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