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[suh b-doo-uh l, -dyoo-] /səbˈdu əl, -ˈdyu-/
an act or instance of subduing.
the state of being subdued.
Origin of subdual
First recorded in 1665-75; subdue + -al2
Related forms
self-subdual, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It marked the beginning of the subdual of that wonderful wild prairie of Vandemark Township and the Vandemark farm.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • She uttered a long moan, all the more terrible for its subdual to a sound that could not pass beyond the room.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • The use of connectives has been discussed when treating of emphasis secured by subdual of unimportant details.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Sarah sent Hortense about her business, and then set herself to the subdual of Mary's mind and character.

    The Golden Scarecrow Hugh Walpole
  • The Master said: The subdual of self, and reversion to the natural laws governing conduct—this is true goodness.

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