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subsidiary

[suh b-sid-ee-er-ee] /səbˈsɪd iˌɛr i/
adjective
1.
serving to assist or supplement; auxiliary; supplementary.
2.
subordinate or secondary:
subsidiary issues.
3.
of or relating to a subsidiary.
noun, plural subsidiaries.
4.
a subsidiary thing or person.
6.
Music. a subordinate theme or subject.
Origin of subsidiary
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin subsidiārius, equivalent to subsidi(um) (see subsidy) + -ārius -ary
Related forms
subsidiarily
[suh b-sid-ee-air-uh-lee, -sid-ee-er-] /səbˌsɪd iˈɛər ə li, -ˈsɪd iˌɛr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
subsidiariness, noun
nonsubsidiary, adjective, noun, plural nonsubsidiaries.
unsubsidiary, adjective
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  • Many, however, had perforce to be content with a long knife, with the lasso and the sling—the boleadores—as subsidiary weapons.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
  • All the other exercises and arrangements of the school are, in fact, preparatory and subsidiary to this.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • Except in urgent cases, such an idle response seems commonly to be present as a subsidiary phenomenon.

  • He made the most of it now, rolling it out with all sorts of subsidiary flourishes.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We can thus see how novel and subsidiary passages might attach themselves to the epic.

British Dictionary definitions for subsidiary

subsidiary

/səbˈsɪdɪərɪ/
adjective
1.
serving to aid or supplement; auxiliary
2.
of lesser importance; subordinate in function
noun (pl) -aries
3.
a person who or thing that is subsidiary
4.
short for subsidiary company
Derived Forms
subsidiarily, adverb
subsidiariness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin subsidiārius supporting, from subsidiumsubsidy
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Word Origin and History for subsidiary
adj.

1540s, from Middle French subsidiaire, from Latin subsidiarius "serving to assist or supplement," from subsidium "help, aid" (see subsidy).

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