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subalternate

[suhb-awl-ter-nit, -al-]
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adjective
  1. subordinate.
  2. Botany. placed singly along an axis, but tending to become grouped oppositely.
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Origin of subalternate

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin subalternātus (past participle of subalternāre to subordinate), equivalent to subaltern(us) subaltern + -ātus -ate1
Related formssub·al·ter·na·tion [suhb-awl-ter-ney-shuh n, -al-] /sʌbˌɔl tərˈneɪ ʃən, -ˌæl-/, noun
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subalternate

adjective
  1. (of leaves) having an arrangement intermediate between alternate and opposite
  2. following in turn
  3. of lesser quality or status
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Derived Formssubalternation (sʌbˌɔːltəˈneɪʃən), noun
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