subordination [s uh-bawr-dn- ey-sh uh n] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for subordination on Thesaurus.com the act of placing in a lower rank or position: The refusal to allow women to be educated was part of society's subordination of women to men. the act subordinating, or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient. the condition of being subordinated, or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.
sub·or·di·na·cy . [s uh- bawr-dn- uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/ Related forms non·sub·or·di·na·tion, noun pre·sub·or·di·na·tion, noun self-sub·or·di·na·tion, noun subordinate [ adjective, noun s uh- bawr-dn-it; verb s uh- bawr-dn-eyt] placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank. of less importance; secondary. subject to or under the authority of a superior. subservient or inferior. subject; dependent. . Grammar acting as a modifier, as when I finished, which is subordinate to They were glad in They were glad when I finished. noting or pertaining to a subordinating conjunction. . Obsolete submissive. a subordinate person or thing. verb (used with object), sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing. to place in a lower order or rank. to make secondary (usually followed by to): to subordinate work to pleasure. to make subject, subservient, or dependent (usually followed by to): to subordinate passion to reason. Origin of subordinate 1425–75; late Middle English
Medieval Latin subōrdinātus
past participle of
to subordinate, equivalent to
Latin sub- sub-
) rank, order +
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms sub·or·di·nate·ly, adverb sub·or·di·nate·ness, noun sub·or·di·na·tion, sub·or·di·na·cy , [s uh- bawr-dn- uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/ noun sub·or·di·na·tive , [s uh- bawr-dn-ey-tiv, - bawr-dn- uh-] /səˈbɔr dnˌeɪ tɪv, -ˈbɔr dn ə-/ adjective non·sub·or·di·nate, adjective non·sub·or·di·nat·ing, adjective pre·sub·or·di·nate, verb (used with object), pre·sub·or·di·nat·ed, pre·sub·or·di·nat·ing. self-sub·or·di·nat·ing, adjective un·sub·or·di·nate, adjective un·sub·or·di·na·tive, adjective Antonyms 2. superior; primary.
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British Dictionary definitions for subordinacy of lesser order or importance under the authority or control of another a subordinate functionary a person or thing that is subordinate verb ( səˈbɔːdɪˌneɪt) ( tr usually foll by to) to put in a lower rank or position (than) to make subservient to subordinate mind to heart Derived Forms subordinately, adverb subordination or subordinateness, noun subordinative, adjective Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin
subordināre, from Latin sub- + ordō rank
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Word Origin and History for subordinacy subordinate adj.
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin
subordinatus "placed in a lower order, made subject," past participle of subordinare "place in a lower order," from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + ordinare "arrange" (see ordain). Related: Subordinance; subordinant. subordination n.
subordinacioun "hierarchical arrangement," from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)). subordinate v.
"to bring into a subordinate position," 1590s; see
subordinate (adj.). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.
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The use of expressions that make one element of a sentence dependent on another. In the following sentence, the first (italicized)
clause (also called a subordinate clause) is subordinate to the second clause: “ Despite all efforts toward a peaceful settlement of the dispute, war finally broke out.” ( Compare coordination, dependent clause, and independent clause.)
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