[ suhb-awl-tern or especially for 3, 6, suhb-uh l-turn ]
/ sʌbˈɔl tərn or especially for 3, 6, ˈsʌb əlˌtɜrn /
lower in rank; subordinate: a subaltern employee.
British Military. noting a commissioned officer below the rank of captain.
- 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.
a person who has a subordinate position.
British Military. a commissioned officer below the rank of captain.
Logic. a subaltern proposition.
Words nearby subaltern
OTHER WORDS FROM subalternsub·al·ter·ni·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subalternity
/ (ˈsʌbəltən) /
a commissioned officer below the rank of captain in certain armies, esp the British
a person of inferior rank or position
- 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
of inferior position or rank
Word Origin for subaltern
C16: from Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus alternate, from alter the other
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