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parent company

a corporation or other business enterprise that owns controlling interests in one or more subsidiary companies (distinguished from holding company).
Origin of parent company
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Requiring that foreign tax credits from dividends paid to a parent company be determined on a pooling basis, not individually.
  • That, along with losses in other investment portfolios, has cut deeply into the parent company's capital reserves.
British Dictionary definitions for parent company

parent company

a company that owns more than half the shares of another company
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