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[suh-bawr-dn-ey-shuh n] /səˌbɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
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.
the act subordinating, or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient.
the condition of being subordinated, or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.
Sometimes, subordinacy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
nonsubordination, noun
presubordination, noun
self-subordination, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subordination
  • 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.
  • The possibility of subordination might be expected to raise borrowing costs for new issues.
  • He preaches total subordination, forbidding any questioning of elders and superiors.
  • Information on partial release of lien and subordination of lien.
  • May not always need to show creditor misconduct as condition to equitable subordination.
  • subordination agreements may take the form of either subordinated loan agreements or secured demand notes.
Word Origin and History for subordination

mid-15c., subordinacioun "hierarchical arrangement," from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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subordination in Culture

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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