a secondary committee appointed out of a main committee.

1600–10; sub- + committee Unabridged
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subcommittee (ˈsʌbkəˌmɪtɪ)
a distinct and often subordinate division of a committee

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Example sentences
When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.
Senators on the relevant subcommittee begin conspiring for and against him.
The appropriations portion of the economic stimulus plan is generally arranged
  by appropriations subcommittee.
In fact new members immediately re-established the subcommittee on
  anti-corruption, abolished by the last parliament.
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