- to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
- to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
- to take up into a more inclusive classification.
Origin of subsume
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Examples from the Web for subsume
I don't think ISIS will subsume itself to the Naqshabandi's.Someone Is Spilling ISIS’s Secrets on Twitter
June 18, 2014
He may finally be ready to subsume his ego and ideology for the sake of his country.
Netanyahu may finally be ready to subsume his ego and ideology for the sake of his country.
In the next place I subsume a cognition under the condition of the rule (and this is the minor) by means of the judgement.The Critique of Pure Reason
It only remains to subsume each empirical event under its proper category.German philosophy and politics
Now under these laws the Judgement is determinant, for it has nothing to do but to subsume under given laws.Kant's Critique of Judgement
Similarly the actions of animal life depend upon and subsume the laws of organic matter.
In the same way the actions of a self-conscious moral agent, such as man, depend upon and subsume the laws of animal life.
- to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
- to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take
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Word Origin and History for subsume
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