- 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.
Examples from the Web for subaltern
A captain, to be in no way behind the subaltern, did the same, but he got his feet wet.The Grandee|Armando Palacio Valds
He was a forgotten unit in that subaltern rank, on whose individual merits the titled built their edifice of fame.
It conjured to the Subaltern's eyes the picture of the dainty little star who had sung it on the boards of the Coliseum."Contemptible"|"Casualty"
Next day he sent for the senior officer, and after a short talk with him told him to smarten up his subaltern.General Gatacre|Beatrix Gatacre
True or not, subaltern, I'll run the risk of saying it's true.The Man With The Broken Ear|Edmond About
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
Word Origin for subaltern
Word Origin and History for subaltern
"subordinate," c.1400 (implied in subalternal), from Middle French subalterne, from Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + alternus "every other (one), one after the other" (see alternate (adj.)). The noun meaning "person of inferior rank" is attested from c.1600; as the designation of an army officer, from 1680s.