subsidiary

[suhb-sid-ee-er-ee]
adjective
1.
serving to assist or supplement; auxiliary; supplementary.
2.
subordinate or secondary: subsidiary issues.
3.
of or pertaining to a subsidiary.
noun, plural subsidiaries.
4.
a subsidiary thing or person.
6.
Music. a subordinate theme or subject.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin subsidiārius, equivalent to subsidi(um) (see subsidy) + -ārius -ary

subsidiarily [suhb-sid-ee-air-uh-lee, -sid-ee-er-] , adverb
subsidiariness, noun
nonsubsidiary, adjective, noun, plural nonsubsidiaries.
unsubsidiary, adjective
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subsidiary (səbˈsɪdɪərɪ)
 
adj
1.  serving to aid or supplement; auxiliary
2.  of lesser importance; subordinate in function
 
n , -aries
3.  a person who or thing that is subsidiary
4.  short for subsidiary company
 
[C16: from Latin subsidiārius supporting, from subsidiumsubsidy]
 
sub'sidiarily
 
adv
 
sub'sidiariness
 
n

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subsidiary
1543, from M.Fr. subsidiaire, from L. subsidiarius "serving to assist or supplement," from subsidium "help, aid" (see subsidy).
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Example sentences
Technical flying squads get newly acquired subsidiaries online in only a few
  months.
Their relationship to their far-flung subsidiaries is that of an investor.
Seven of its subsidiaries there lost money in the first nine months of last
  year.
For example, a company may simply decide to move its local customer services
  operation to one of its own subsidiaries abroad.
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