- 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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Examples from the Web for subsumed
The specifics of any local struggle in that battle were less important than the wider struggle within which they were subsumed.Raúl Castro Honors Mandela, but Ignores His Message
December 10, 2013
In this view, no politics are local, all is subsumed in a clash of civilizations.Romney’s Living in a Fantasy Land
October 9, 2012
Their voices have been subsumed by the louder collective voice of the party.Libyan Women Are More Visible in Post-Gaddafi Libya, but They May Have Lost Ground
July 5, 2012
Elizabeth Gilbert traveled the globe and subsumed blissfully it into herself; in contrast, I found myself thrilled to be subsumed.Elizabeth Gilbert's God Obsession
August 12, 2010
Movement, under it, action and suffering may be subsumed, vi.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
Everything else is subsumed in the positive science of Nature and history.Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
It is subsumed in both, and is the fundamental postulate on which they respectively depend.
The actual judgement, which enounces the assertion of the rule in the subsumed case, is the conclusion (conclusio).The Critique of Pure Reason
This entire social complex has been subsumed under the principle that law is immanent in all history.Elements of Folk Psychology
- 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 subsumed
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