subordinate - definition and synonyms

 
adjective 

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/səˈbɔː(r)dɪnət/
  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.

derived word

subordination

 

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/səˌbɔː(r)dɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
noun [uncountable]