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subordinating conjunction

or subordinate conjunction

noun, Grammar.
a conjunction introducing a subordinate clause, as when in They were glad when I finished.
Also called subordinator.
Origin of subordinating conjunction
First recorded in 1870-75; subordinate + -ing2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An indirect statement is joined to the main verb or sentence by the subordinating conjunction ke, that.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto Ivy Kellerman Reed
British Dictionary definitions for subordinating conjunction

subordinating conjunction

a conjunction that introduces subordinate clauses, such as if, because, although, and until Compare coordinating conjunction
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