- denoting the relation of one proposition to another when the first proposition is implied by the second but the second is not implied by the first.
- (in Aristotelian logic) denoting the relation of a particular proposition to a universal proposition having the same subject, predicate, and quality.
- of or relating to a proposition having either of these relations to another.
OTHER WORDS FROM subalternsub·al·ter·ni·ty, noun
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How to use subaltern in a sentence
What better hap could a cavalry subaltern desire than such a fight under such conditions?The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The subaltern flew up the narrow stairway that led to the room of the prisoner, and demanded the meaning of the outcry.The Spy|J. Fenimore Cooper
Where before he had been a subaltern not always even a wage-earner—now all in a moment he had been transformed into a high chief.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
And hastily taking a paper from the hands of a subaltern, he returned to his place within the screen.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
At his return to Dresden he carried a Musket, and afterwards pass'd through all the subaltern Degrees.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I|Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
British Dictionary definitions for subaltern
- the relation of one proposition to another when the first is implied by the second, esp the relation of a particular to a universal proposition
- (as modifier)a subaltern relation