[suh-bawr-dn-ey-shuh n]
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  1. 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.
  2. the act subordinating, or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient.
  3. the condition of being subordinated, or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.
Sometimes sub·or·di·na·cy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/.
Related formsnon·sub·or·di·na·tion, nounpre·sub·or·di·na·tion, nounself-sub·or·di·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for subordination

servitude, submission, subservience

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Word Origin and History for subordination

mid-15c., subordinacioun "hierarchical arrangement," from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

subordination in Culture


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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