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[suh b-suhmp-shuh n] /səbˈsʌmp ʃən/
an act of subsuming.
the state of being subsumed.
something that is subsumed.
a proposition subsumed under another.
Origin of subsumption
1630-40; < Medieval Latin subsūmptiōn- (stem of subsūmptiō) a subjoining, equivalent to subsūmpt(us) (past participle of subsūmere to subsume + Latin -iōn- -ion
Related forms
subsumptive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for subsumption
Historical Examples
  • The subsumption of the condition of another possible judgement under the condition of the rule is the minor.

  • Thirdly, the subsumption of several laws under one more general expression.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • This process of subsumption bears the same relation to secondary laws, that these do to particular facts.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • It leads Kant to describe schematism as a process of subsumption, and to speak of the transcendental schema as a third thing.

  • There would be no difficulty with this subsumption if the objects and the conceptions of the understanding were the same in kind.

  • Thinking is subsumption—just placing a particular proposition under its universal.

  • The act of recognition is a subsumption of the object under a class by use of the second figure of the syllogism.

British Dictionary definitions for subsumption


the act of subsuming or the state of being subsumed
Derived Forms
subsumptive, adjective
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