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subordination

[ suh-bawr-dn-ey-shuhn ]
/ səˌbɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun
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 of subordinating, or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient.
the condition of being subordinated, or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.
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Sometimes sub·or·di·na·cy [suh-bawr-dn-uh-see] /səˈbɔr dn ə si/ .

Origin of subordination

First recorded in 1425–75; from Late Latin subordination-, stem of subordinatio, equivalent to Medieval Latin subōrdināt(us), past participle of subōrdināre subordinate + -iō -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM subordination

non·sub·or·di·na·tion, nounpre·sub·or·di·na·tion, nounself-sub·or·di·na·tion, noun
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How to use subordination in a sentence

Cultural definitions for subordination

subordination

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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