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[suh b-jek-shuh n] /səbˈdʒɛk ʃən/
the act of subjecting.
the state or fact of being subjected.
Origin of subjection
1300-50; Middle English < Latin subjectiōn- (stem of subjectiō) a throwing under, equivalent to subject- (see subject) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
subjectional, adjective
nonsubjection, noun
presubjection, noun
resubjection, noun
self-subjection, noun Unabridged
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  • (b) A subjection of her self, her appetites and will to her husband and his will.

  • His sovereign himself he held in subjection, while he exalted the throne.

  • These people are neighbours of the Assyrians, and being few in number, they were held in subjection.

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  • "Then I shall do as your uncle wishes me to do—reduce you to subjection," said he.

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  • Your uncle wished me to reduce you to subjection, and to flog you till you came to your senses.

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  • "I intend to reduce you to subjection at any hazard," he added.

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  • Then you did request Mr. Parasyte to reduce me to subjection, as he expressed it?

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  • What did Parasyte mean when he said your uncle wished him to flog you into subjection?

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  • Mr. Parasyte intended to deprive us of our food, and starve us into subjection.

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British Dictionary definitions for subjection


the act or process of subjecting or the state of being subjected
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Word Origin and History for subjection

mid-14c., from Old French subjection (12c.), from Latin subjectionem (nominative subjectio), noun of action from past participle stem of subicere (see subject (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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