- to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
- to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
- to take up into a more inclusive classification.
Origin of subsume
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- to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
- to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take
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Word Origin and History for subsumable
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