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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
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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  • It yields to privileged and incidental motions, but not to subsidiary ones.
  • There is also a large variety of subsidiary fighters.
  • They may be referred to a committee, or may have any other subsidiary motion applied to them.
  • The information service may be conducted by the information utility itself, by a subsidiary, or by one or more of the subscribers.
  • Not merely lifecasting, but subsidiary-rights lifecasting.
  • But the subsidiary plot lines were all touching or funny.
  • Amazingly, they had one small subsidiary that reported to the savings-and-loan board-don't ask me why.
  • Together with the story of the development of the state in the first part there are many other interesting subsidiary discussions.
  • It would be more correct to acknowledge the sun as electrical, and the nuclear action subsidiary.
  • In theory, they could be jailed because a staff member at a foreign subsidiary bribed an official without their knowledge.
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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