subordinacy

subordinate

[adj., n. suh-bawr-dn-it; v. suh-bawr-dn-eyt]
adjective
1.
placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
2.
of less importance; secondary.
3.
subject to or under the authority of a superior.
4.
subservient or inferior.
5.
subject; dependent.
6.
Grammar.
a.
acting as a modifier, as when I finished, which is subordinate to They were glad in They were glad when I finished.
b.
noting or pertaining to a subordinating conjunction.
7.
Obsolete, submissive.
noun
8.
a subordinate person or thing.
verb (used with object), subordinated, subordinating.
9.
to place in a lower order or rank.
10.
to make secondary (usually followed by to ): to subordinate work to pleasure.
11.
to make subject, subservient, or dependent (usually followed by to ): to subordinate passion to reason.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin subōrdinātus past participle of subōrdināre to subordinate, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + ōrdin- (stem of ōrdō) rank, order + -ātus -ate1

subordinately, adverb
subordinateness, noun
subordination, subordinacy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] , noun
subordinative [suh-bawr-dn-ey-tiv, -bawr-dn-uh-] , adjective
nonsubordinate, adjective
nonsubordinating, adjective
presubordinate, verb (used with object), presubordinated, presubordinating.
self-subordinating, adjective
unsubordinate, adjective
unsubordinative, adjective


2. ancillary. 8. inferior, subject. 9. lower, reduce.


2. superior; primary.
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subordination

[suh-bawr-dn-ey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of placing in a lower rank or position: The refusal to allow women to be educated was part of society's subordination of women to men.
2.
the act subordinating, or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient.
3.
the condition of being subordinated, or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.
Sometimes, subordinacy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] .

nonsubordination, noun
presubordination, noun
self-subordination, noun
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subordinate
 
adj
1.  of lesser order or importance
2.  under the authority or control of another: a subordinate functionary
 
n
3.  a person or thing that is subordinate
 
vb (usually foll by to)
4.  to put in a lower rank or position (than)
5.  to make subservient: to subordinate mind to heart
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank]
 
sub'ordinately
 
adv
 
subordi'nation
 
n
 
sub'ordinateness
 
n
 
sub'ordinative
 
adj

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subordinate
1456, from M.L. subordinatus "placed in a lower order, made subject," pp. of subordinare "place in a lower order," from L. sub "under" + ordinare "arrange" (see ordain). The verb meaning "to bring into a subordinate position" is recorded from 1597.
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subordination definition


The use of expressions that make one element of a sentence dependent on another. In the following sentence, the first (italicized) clause (also called a subordinate clause) is subordinate to the second clause: “Despite all efforts toward a peaceful settlement of the dispute, war finally broke out.” (Compare coordination, dependent clause, and independent clause.)

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