Subaltern meaning

sŭb-ôltərn, sŭbəl-tûrn
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A person who is lower in position or rank; a subordinate.
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An officer holding a military rank just below that of captain.
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A particular proposition that follows from a universal with the same subject, predicate, and quality.
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Subordinate; of lower rank.
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Holding an army commission below that of captain.
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Designating a proposition that is implied by another proposition but does not imply it.

A particular proposition is subaltern to a corresponding universal proposition.

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A subordinate.
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A subaltern officer.
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A subaltern proposition.
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Of a lower rank or position; inferior or secondary; especially (military) ranking as a junior officer, below the rank of captain.

A subaltern officer.

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(logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.
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(UK) A commissioned officer having a rank below that of captain; a lieutenant or second lieutenant.
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(logic) A subaltern proposition; a proposition implied by a universal proposition. For example, some crows are black is a subaltern of all crows are black.
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Origin of subaltern

  • French subalterne from Old French from Late Latin subalternus Latin sub- sub- Latin alternus alternate (from alter other al-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus, from alter.

    From Wiktionary