Definition of Subsidiary

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

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

2. Adjective. Functioning in a supporting capacity. "The main library and its auxiliary branches"
Exact synonyms: Auxiliary, Supplemental, Supplementary
Similar to: Secondary
Derivative terms: Auxiliary, Subsidiarity, Supplement, Supplement

3. Noun. A company that is completely controlled by another company.
Exact synonyms: Subsidiary Company
Generic synonyms: Company

Definition of Subsidiary

1. a. Furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary; especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity; as, a subsidiary stream.

2. n. One who, or that which, contributes aid or additional supplies; an assistant; an auxiliary.

Definition of Subsidiary

1. Adjective. auxiliary or supplemental ¹

2. Adjective. secondary or subordinate ¹

3. Adjective. of, or relating to a subsidy ¹

4. Noun. A company owned by the parent company or holding company ¹

5. Noun. (music) a subordinate theme ¹

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Definition of Subsidiary

1. [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subsidiary

subsidiary (current term)
subsidiary company
subsidiary ledger

Literary usage of Subsidiary

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1. Lectures on Jurisprudence, Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin (1885)
"Resumed statement of the subsidiary law obtaining in Roman Empire. Uniformity of this subsidiary law throughout the Roman Empire. After the dominion of Rome ..."

2. Lectures on jurisprudence or the philosophy of positive law by John Austin (1885)
"Uniformity of this subsidiary law throughout the Roman Empire. After the dominion of Rome had extended beyond Italy, the subsidiary Law introduced into ..."

3. Principles of the English Law of Contract by William Reynell Anson (1879)
"But it is desirable to illustrate here the difference which exists between a subsidiary promise the breach of which cannot under any circumstances ..."

4. Theory of Differential Equations by Andrew Russell Forsyth (1906)
"again a set of three equations in four dependent variables, viz. y, z, p, q- Now though, in the case of both of these equations, the subsidiary system is ..."

5. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1910)
"... stocks of independent corporations; Class 4, bonds of subsidiary, affiliated, or controlling corporations; Class 5, other funded debt of subsidiary, ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1876)
"In the year 1853, the United States adopted the subsidiary principle in respect ... But the subsidiary relation was confined to fractional coin (or coin of ..."

7. Principles of the English Law of Contract and of Agency in Its Relation to by William Reynell Anson (1887)
"subsidiary promises. We shall have to speak, in a later portion of this chapter, of subsidiary promises, or warranties as we will venture to call them, ..."

8. The Evolution of Modern Money by William Warrand Carlile (1901)
"It will seem perhaps somewhat less surprising that a law which is applicable to subsidiary and fiduciary money alone should have been so frequently treated ..."

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