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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

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

The reason I always insisted on signing my work was not to be subordinate to anyone.
Paul Rand

If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
Julius Erving

All the idols made by man, however terrifying they may be, are in point of fact subordinate to him, and that is why he will always have it in his power to destroy them.
Simone de Beauvoir

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
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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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