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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 the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action; the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character.
Ferdinand Mount

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

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

Women are so powerful they're scary, and the incentive to squash this has been going on for so long that some of us actually believe we're subordinate.
Alanis Morissette

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