• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Subalternation The state of being subalternate; succession of turns; subordination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n subalternation The state of inferiority or subjection; the state of being subalternate; succession by turns.
    • n subalternation In logic, an immediate inference from a universal to a particular under it: as, every griffin breathes fire; therefore, some animals breathe fire. Some logicians do not admit the validity of this inference.
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In literature:

Trevor Jones, as they had no subaltern officers.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
There was a subaltern they called Baby Appleby, he was so white-skinned and light-haired.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
There were seventy-five rank and file returned as missing after the fight, and a subaltern, Lieut.
"Letters from Mesopotamia" by Robert Palmer
In 1814 he married the widow of his friend Renard, a subaltern.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
Never was a subaltern given a more friendly welcome than that which Major Brighten extended to me.
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
The Major put his arm in mine and took me aside, so that the subaltern should not hear.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
Colonel Fortescue was not the man to buy a good horse for a song of any man, least of all one of his own subalterns.
"Betty at Fort Blizzard" by Molly Elliot Seawell
A captain and two subalterns could order 999 lashes with a "cat" steeped in brine.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
Feudality, subaltern royalty, assumed the rank of actual property.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The Subaltern's Company settled down in a huge water-mill; its Officers being quartered in the miller's private house.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"

In poetry:

without the Letter is in the worst of taste,
and always, though truth and love
can never really differ, when they seem to,
the subaltern should be truth.
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
Under their shadows the pitiful subalterns are sleeping;
The moon is usual; the necessary lovers touch;
The river is alone and the trampled flower;
And through years of absolute cold
"As We Like It" by W H Auden
A Snider squibbed in the jungle,
Somebody laughed and fled,
And the men of the First Shikaris
Picked up their Subaltern dead,
With a big blue mark in his forehead
And the back blown out of his head.
"The Grave of the Hundred Heads" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

While it is a constant struggle for the subaltern to speak, it is a matter of justice that those in power figure out how to listen.

In science:

If ai is odd, then iσ and iτ both live in this subalternating group, and so we can take σ(iσ)−1 and τ (iτ )−1 .
Cayley graphs formed by conjugate generating sets of S_n
In particular, it is possible to recognize the syllogistic inferences validating the laws of subalternation, simple conversion and conversion per accidens, already encountered at the end of section 3.
A diagrammatic calculus of n-term syllogisms