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Definition of Subordinate


  1. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position.
  2. Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or the like.
  3. One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.
  4. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another.
  5. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.

Subordinate Quotations

The Great Depression of the 1930s saw more American unmarried women working from nine to five, mostly in repetitive, boring, subordinate, dead-end jobs. But the number of working women doubled between 1870 and 1940. During World War II it doubled once again.
Helen Fisher

The mother must socialize her daughter to become subordinate to men, and if her daughter challenges patriarchal norms, the mother is likely to defend the patriarchal structures against her own daughters.
Carol P. Christ

Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.
Johan Huizinga

For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
Winston Churchill

My experience in childhood and adolescence of the subordinate role played by the female in a society run entirely by men had convinced me that I was not cut out to be a wife.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
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Subordinate Translations

subordinate in Dutch is achterstellen
subordinate in French is sous ordre
subordinate in German is unterordnen, untergeordnet
subordinate in Latin is summitto
subordinate in Portuguese is subordinado
subordinate in Swedish is underordna
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