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adjective     subordinate pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    having less power or authority than someone else

    He handed the case down to one of his subordinate officers.

    subordinate to:

    All members of the committee are subordinate to the chairman.

  2. 2
    less important than something else

    One or two subordinate questions arose during our discussions.

    subordinate to:

    In this business everything is subordinate to making a profit.

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     subordination pronunciation in American English
/səˌbɔrd(ə)nˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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