Variant of subordinate
- inferior to or placed below another in rank, power, importance, etc.; secondary
- under the power or authority of another
- subservient or submissive
- Gram. having the function of a noun, adjective, or adverb within a sentence: a subordinate phrase
Origin: Middle English from Midieval Latin subordinatus, past participle of subordinare from Classical Latin sub-, under plush ordinare, to order: see ordain
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