• WordNet 3.6
    • adj subordinate (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
    • adj subordinate lower in rank or importance
    • adj subordinate subject or submissive to authority or the control of another "a subordinate kingdom"
    • v subordinate make subordinate, dependent, or subservient "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
    • v subordinate rank or order as less important or consider of less value "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
    • n subordinate a word that is more specific than a given word
    • n subordinate an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Subordinate Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or the like. "It was subordinate , not enslaved, to the understanding."
    • n Subordinate One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.
    • Subordinate Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position. "The several kinds and subordinate species of each are easily distinguished."
    • Subordinate To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.
    • Subordinate To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • subordinate To place in an order or rank below something else; make or consider as of less value or importance: as, to subordinate temporal to spiritual things.
    • subordinate To make auxiliary or subservient to something else; put under control or authority; make subject.
    • subordinate In a lower order or class; occupying a lower position in a descending scale; secondary.
    • subordinate Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, rank, importance, etc.
    • subordinate In law, a clause in a statute which, from its position or the nature of its substance, or especially by reason of grammatical relation as above indicated, must be deemed controlled or restrained in its meaning if it conflicts with another clause in the same statute.
    • subordinate Synonyms Subservient, minor.
    • n subordinate One inferior in power, order, rank, dignity, office, etc.; one who stands in order or rank below another; often, one below and under the orders of another; in grammar, a word or clause dependent on another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Subordinate sub-or′di-nāt lower in order, rank, nature, power, &c.: descending in a regular series
    • n Subordinate one in a lower order or rank: an inferior
    • v.t Subordinate to place in a lower order: to consider of less value: to make subject
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  • Saint Albertus Magnus
    Saint Albertus Magnus
    “He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.”
  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    “Laws are subordinate to custom.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.”
  • Don Marquis
    “Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.”
  • Cecil J. Sharpe
    Cecil J. Sharpe
    “The essence of all immorality and sin is making ourselves the center around which we subordinate all interest.”
  • Bud Wilkinson
    Bud Wilkinson
    “If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. sub, + L. ordinatus, p. p. of ordinare, to set in order, to arrange. See Ordain


In literature:

The Commander-in-Chief confirmed all the censures passed by his subordinates and added some of his own.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Economy in my plans was, as it ought to be, secondary, subordinate, instrumental.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
I know very well that a great proportion of the money of every subordinate country will flow towards the metropolis.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The monks are only in an ecclesiastical sense subordinate to the abbot.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
These reports were passed to the first lieutenant in charge of the deck, by his subordinates.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
He would never have taken umbrage at advice given by a subordinate.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Variation, subordination, synthesis, are present in every rhythmical sequence.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
I was an apt scholar, and soon ceased to be the subordinate villain.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Which words should be emphasized, which subordinated, in a sentence?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Any scale in which this takes place can, from this point onward, be quinary only in the subordinate sense to which allusion has just been made.
"The Number Concept" by Levi Leonard Conant
There are, however, certain other laws which have played a more or less subordinate part.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
German women always were subordinate to their husbands and the male members of their families.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
That in slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
The FPA-WAC, and its subordinate Councils on World Affairs, do this propaganda job most cleverly.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
The subordinate authorities were supposed to partake the license of their superiors.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The carelessness of a subordinate once destroyed in a moment the work of three months.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
A subordinate officer in the ancient church.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Still the intellectual and the ethical spheres have to subordinate the natural, and mind is the common principle of both.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
All should post themselves so as to see their immediate superiors and subordinates.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The State Granges, in turn, legislate for the subordinate Granges, while also passing down to them ample local powers.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield

In poetry:

Some folks contend that these oaths without end
Began among the commanders,
That, taking this cue, the subordinates, too,
Swore terribly in Flanders:
Twas "——————!"
"In Flanders" by Eugene Field
"Now, to put the matter plainly, I've no wish to twist or hedge,
And I'm quite prepared to stand to all the things that I allege.
I aspire to serve Australia in the Big Affairs of State:
To that aim all local interests gladly I'll subordinate.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis

In news:

Some individuals nurture and mentor subordinates affectionately and constructively—up to a point.
The part of a taxonomic name identifying a subordinate unit within a genus.
Libya government tries to woo militias into subordination, but militias still hold all the cards.
On the other were Ike 's own military subordinates.
The soldiers coming home now mostly represent advance parties from a yearlong deployment that began for most of the brigade 's subordinate units in December.
In 2011, Fields was suspended after he refused to go to a "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" at the mosque and also refused to order his subordinates to attend.
He also was convicted of ordering a subordinate to destroy documents.
A deposition from ex-Guilderland Police Chief James Murley's secretary Linda Dygert alleges current police Chief Carol Lawlor did not act on sexual harassment claims Dygert made while Lawlor was Murley's subordinate.
Directed subordinates to do bare minimum after not receiving bonus.
Scioscia's managerial tree: slide show: Click on the photo for MLB managers who worked for Scioscia - and who may be next Scioscia subordinate to get his own MLB team.
Academic research presented during the August 2012 annual meeting of the Academy of Management suggests that "female managers do not reduce gender inequality for their subordinates," a finding that differs somewhat from earlier research.
The boss is not direct and honest when reviewing an employee or subordinate.
Many authors of these letters received a reply from Hitler 's subordinate Albert Bormann (brother of the infamous Martin), who assured them of Hitler 's interest in their concerns.
Sadly, this conservative version of "inclusion" mimics the Left's subordination of truth to ideology .
(AP) — US Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a military hearing Monday he committed sex crimes against five women including four subordinates and a civilian.

In science:

Then there exists a special bijection h : X ′ → X , and t such that ρY ◦ (f ◦ h) = t ◦ ρX ′ It can be found subordinate to a given finite partition, factoring through ρX .
Integration in valued fields
Andrievskii, V. V. and Ruscheweyh, St., Maximal polynomial subordination to univalent functions in the unit disk, Constr.
Constructive Function Theory on Sets of the Complex Plane through Potential Theory and Geometric Function Theory
The two-parameter Poissin-Dirichlet distribution derived from a stable subordinator.
Exponential Random Energy Model
That is, it begins by finding the binary partition of X that maximizes a certain splitting criterion and (proceeding recursively) all subsequent splits are subordinate to this one.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
This last step of analysing tail areas for subordinated distributions is a sub ject of much interest in the literature.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
Second order tail behaviour of a subordinated probability distribution.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
Tails of subordinated laws: The regularly varying case.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
Second order behaviour of the tail of a subordinated probability distribution.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
Second-order behaviour of distributions subordinate to a distribution with finite mean.
Tail expansions for the distribution of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift and regularly varying increments
C r+1 atlas of X , and let {ρi}k i=1 be a C∞ partition of unity subordinated to such an atlas.
Zeta functions and Dynamical Systems
Then for every G-invariant open covering {Vα }α∈A there is a subordinate smooth G-invariant partition of unity.
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Since G\M is paracompact, there is a locally finite common refinement {U ′ β }β∈B of {π(Wx )}x∈M and {π(Vα )}α∈A and a partition of unity {λ′ β } subordinate to {U ′ β }β∈B .
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
This is a G-invariant partition of unity on M subordinate to {Uβ }β∈B .
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Then every Ginvariant open covering {Vα }α∈A has a subordinate smooth G-invariant partition of unity.
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
By Lemma 1.6 every stratum Si of S has a smooth G-invariant partition of unity subordinate to {Vα ∩ Si}α∈A .
Equivariant stratifold homology theories