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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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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Example sentences
To his delighted guests, however, the gesture had another meaning: proof of willing subordination.
Nobody wants to feel condescended to, and the geographic subordination is often part of the same thought process.
Also revolutionary is the subordination of the bureaucracy to elected officials.
These fanatic, jealous, brutal devotions made him so fastidious with every detail he could not manage their subordination.
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