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subdominant

[suhb-dom-uh-nuh nt]
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noun
  1. Music. the fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
adjective
  1. less than or not quite dominant.

Origin of subdominant

First recorded in 1785–95; sub- + dominant
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subdominant

noun
  1. the fourth degree of a major or minor scale
  2. a key or chord based on this
adjective
  1. of or relating to the subdominant
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