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[suh b-suhmp-shuh n]
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  1. an act of subsuming.
  2. the state of being subsumed.
  3. something that is subsumed.
  4. a proposition subsumed under another.
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Origin of subsumption

1630–40; < Medieval Latin subsūmptiōn- (stem of subsūmptiō) a subjoining, equivalent to subsūmpt(us) (past participle of subsūmere to subsume + Latin -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·sump·tive, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The subsumption of the condition of another possible judgement under the condition of the rule is the minor.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

    Immanuel Kant

  • Thirdly, the subsumption of several laws under one more general expression.


    Carveth Read

  • This process of subsumption bears the same relation to secondary laws, that these do to particular facts.


    Carveth Read

  • It leads Kant to describe schematism as a process of subsumption, and to speak of the transcendental schema as a third thing.

  • There would be no difficulty with this subsumption if the objects and the conceptions of the understanding were the same in kind.

British Dictionary definitions for subsumption


  1. the act of subsuming or the state of being subsumed
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Derived Formssubsumptive, adjective
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