Definitions of subordinate

  1. ( grammar) of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; " a subordinate ( or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
  2. a word that is more specific than a given word
  3. inferior in rank or status; " the junior faculty"; " a lowly corporal"; " petty officialdom"; " a subordinate functionary"
  4. lower in rank or importance
  5. make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; " Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
  6. rank or order as less important or consider of less value; " Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
  7. someone subject to the authority or control of another
  8. subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; " a subordinate kingdom"
  9. an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
  10. of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; " a subordinate ( or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
  11. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower or inferior position.
  12. Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or the like.
  13. One who stands in order or rank below another; -- distinguished from a principal.
  14. 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.
  15. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.
  16. Lower in rank, value, power, or importance; subject to another; in grammar, denoting the less important clause of a complex sentence, or the conjunction which introduces it.
  17. One who is below another in rank, etc.
  18. To place in a lower order; to make subject or obedient to.
  19. Subordinately.
  20. Subordinateness.
  21. Lower in order, rank, nature, power, etc.: descending in a regular series.
  22. One in a lower order or rank: an inferior.
  23. To place in a lower order: to consider of less value: to make subject.
  24. An inferior.
  25. In a lower order or rank; inferior.
  26. Subordination.
  27. To place in a lower order; make inferior or subject.
  28. To make subordinate.
  29. Belonging to an inferior order or rank; secondary; subject; subservient.
  30. An inferior in rank or official position.
  31. Inferior in order, dignity, power or importance; descending in a regular series.
  32. One who stands in order or rank below another.
  33. To place in an order or rank below something else; to make or consider as of less value or importance; to make subject.
  34. Inferior in nature, rank, or importance; descending in a regular series.
  35. One who stands in rank or dignity below another; an inferior person.
  36. To place in order or rank below another; to consider of less value or importance; to make of less value.

Quotes of subordinate

  1. I think you also understand that one of the key things that's got to be done in Iraq is to build a mentality of understanding that the military needs to be subordinate to civilian control and respectful of its own people. – John Abizaid
  2. 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
  3. This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle. – James L. Buckley
  4. 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
  5. Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior. – William Collins
  6. If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers. – Julius Erving
  7. From the material point of view the proposal is unacceptable, for France, without further territory in Europe being taken from her, could be so crushed as to lose her position as a Great Power, and become subordinate to German policy. – Edward Grey
  8. The President regards the Japanese as a brave people; but courage, though useful in time of war, is subordinate to knowledge of arts; hence, courage without such knowledge is not to be highly esteemed. – Townsend Harris
  9. 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
  10. Also, of course, for most of this time most Americans thought of America as a white country with, at best, only a very segregated and subordinate role for blacks. – Samuel P. Huntington
  11. There are no conditions in which we subordinate the interests of the class as a whole to the interests of any sect, any chapel, any separate organization. – Ernest Mandel
  12. 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

Usage examples for subordinate

  1. Gates was still present also, but in a subordinate capacity. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. And I know that in politics we play a subordinate part, although we are superior. – German Problems and Personalities by Charles Sarolea
  3. " Ah, you can't tell by that, sir," said his subordinate – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
  4. When he told her about the affair, she clasped her hands, and said that he must go straight to the district chief of police, for his subordinate would turn up his nose, promise well, and drop the matter there. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  5. The monologue is not in danger of being spoiled by some second- class actor in a subordinate part. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  6. As villages and small towns were subordinate to great towns, so the deities of minor localities were subordinate to those of the greater. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  7. He is only one of many persons in a moving scene, and often fills a subordinate place. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  8. In planning this expedition, every article of equipment and every phase of effort was made subordinate to the one great need of covering long distances. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. With the advent of prosperity, the Order expanded, although the Knights of Labor played but a subordinate part in the labor movement of the early eighties. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  10. Ezra Girdlestone had shown his power of reading character when he chose the ex- clergyman as his subordinate – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. In these letters Hunter and his subordinate say very unkind things of each other, which nowadays may well be forgotten. – The Naval Pioneers of Australia by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
  12. The comparative neglect of a great scientific department of State, such as the Indian Survey Department undoubtedly is, as a mere ornamental section of the huge and complicated machinery of that gigantic Empire called India, is but too often repeated by a department and its official heads in regarding the merits of the living and the dead who sacrifice their lives to its achievements; but in this one instance, at least, it cannot be said that the head of a department fell beneath his opportunities for doing himself and his subordinate due honour. – Memoir of William Watts McNair by J. E. Howard
  13. First came the question whether the Deity of Christ was equal or subordinate to that of the Father. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  14. As a subordinate a commander to whom an objective has been assigned is responsible to his immediate superior for its attainment. – Sound Military Decision by U.s. Naval War College
  15. Slavery will never accept a subordinate position. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009
  16. This must be the master principle to which every other must be subordinate – A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity. by William Wilberforce
  17. Here the Prince did not scruple to accuse the Advocate of doing the base and treacherous trick against Aerssens which he had expressly denied doing, and which had been done during his illness, as he solemnly avowed, by a subordinate probably for the sake of making mischief. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  18. But there was more; there was a remarkable fulness, if only he could subordinate it to narrative. – One of Our Conquerors, v2 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  19. The first- named would fain spread learning among the greatest possible number of people, the second would compel education to renounce its highest and most independent claims in order to subordinate itself to the service of the State. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  20. True, there are many fanfares, Ophelia's mad songs, and the gravedigger's song in the last act; but, as a whole, music is kept in a very subordinate position. – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson

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