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[suh-bawr-dn-ey-shuh n] /səˌbɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/

the act of placing in a lower rank or position:
The refusal to allow women to be educated was part of society’s subordination of women to men.
the act , or of making dependent, secondary, or subservient.
the condition of being , or made dependent, secondary, or subservient.

mid-15c., subordinacioun “hierarchical arrangement,” from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)).

The use of expressions that make one element of a sentence dependent on another. In the following sentence, the first (italicized) clause (also called a subordinate clause) is subordinate to the second clause: “Despite all efforts toward a peaceful settlement of the dispute, war finally broke out.” (Compare coordination, dependent clause, and independent clause.)


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