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subordinate clause
▪ The other was the sense of injustice experienced by the subordinate classes at seeing the scheme dropped.
▪ Large sections of the population, the subordinate classes specifically, were desperately in need of improved health care.
▪ For a start, it is a subordinate class, and being a socialist means surrendering a culture of subordination for self-determination.
▪ Clientelistic parties that help channel the demands of the subordinate classes are seen as less threatening to elites.
▪ Economic development was also creating massive changes in the subordinate classes.
▪ The effectiveness of such a legal system depends upon its ability to express the rights, powers and interests of subordinate classes.
▪ The new industrial social order required new techniques of power and new institutions to control the subordinate classes.
▪ The politics of development How do dominant and subordinate classes deal with the problems of development within the global system?
▪ Judgments frequently consist of long paragraphs and convoluted sentences replete with subordinate clauses.
▪ Frye wrote the words independent clause and subordinate clause on the board.
▪ This seems likely, to judge from the profusion and confusion of qualifications and subordinate clauses.
▪ However, when a subordinate clause follows a main clause this additional processing load does not occur.
▪ There has, therefore, been little chance in the past for a political growth of class consciousness among subordinate groups.
▪ Elite convergence progresses until the subordinate group of elites learns to beat the dominant group through the electoral process.
▪ For members of socially subordinate groups, subordination remains salient even though superordinates are not immediately present.
▪ Indeed, it is just the space between these contradictions that subordinate groups fill with their demands for legal change.
▪ I do not like complex subordinate legislation.
▪ Hence back-benchers may intervene to prevent subordinate legislation.
▪ It comprises acts of Parliament and subordinate legislation made under the authority of the parent act.
▪ Statutory power to make subordinate legislation was delegated to Permanent Secretaries.
▪ Government ministers, local authorities and other public bodies have been given the power by statute to make subordinate legislation.
▪ Truman had to learn through experience in office without a period of gradually accumulating knowledge in a subordinate position.
▪ There is a certain boldness about her; she strikes me as refusing to be put in any subordinate position.
▪ Bargaining politics implies a clear role for politicians which may suggest that officials will occupy subordinate positions.
▪ Mackenzie assumed direct control, with his partners in subordinate positions.
▪ In fact they follow the logic feminists identify as sexist because it assumes women's subordinate position.
▪ Thus, as far as the scientific community is concerned, the alternative movement is kept frozen in its subordinate position.
▪ To be a recipient is normally to put oneself in a subordinate position.
▪ Women hold only subordinate positions in the military forces.
▪ In the world of the infant and parent, the referential function of language often takes a subordinate role to others.
▪ Even the glory of the Annunciation can not obscure the almost wholly subordinate role played by women in the New Testament.
▪ Servants are sometimes actually protagonists, and even in subordinate roles they are represented as men and even brothers.
▪ Thus the capitalist mode articulates with the peasant mode, with the latter playing a subordinate role and the former benefiting.
▪ The standards will also be relevant to occupations where training takes a subordinate role, for example line managers and supervisors.
▪ Without East Anglian acceptance of a subordinate role, Offa's Anglian empire would be of short duration.
▪ Women's subjectivity has a subordinate role in those accounts.
▪ Women had a subordinate status in our society.
▪ Admiral Ugaki promptly instructed subordinate staff officers to make a detailed study of the practicability of his plan.
▪ For a start, it is a subordinate class, and being a socialist means surrendering a culture of subordination for self-determination.
▪ In the 1940s the official press had stated that economic goals would be subordinate to political objectives.
▪ Thus the capitalist mode articulates with the peasant mode, with the latter playing a subordinate role and the former benefiting.
▪ When he is subordinate to both of them then a partnership with either animal may be established as an aid to intervention.
▪ The focus of change is directed toward improving the way superiors use power to manage subordinates.
▪ In fact, the managers most often discovered new sides of themselves in managing conflicts with subordinates.
▪ They had assumed they could use themselves as models in under-standing how to manage their subordinates.
▪ Empathy was crucial for managing diversity among subordinates.
▪ In these chapters we address the challenges of managing subordinates, but not those of managing peers or superiors.
▪ Costello will have five direct subordinates.
▪ The idea of being evaluated by subordinates makes some managers uneasy.
▪ The prospect of being judged by subordinates made some managers very uneasy.
▪ But other senior managers had to convince their colleagues and subordinates of the value of this approach.
▪ By conferring with his subordinates before making any decision, the manager will take account of their advice and feelings.
▪ If something has gone badly, one of his subordinates will be criticized in an editorial.
▪ If the subordinate has to be so elaborately controlled the supervisor might just as well undertake the task.
▪ In other words, if a manager has five subordinates, the span of control is five.
▪ Indeed, Nagumo, passive though he was, did not always leave everything to his subordinates.
▪ Like the subordinates, most superiors felt the managers' interface responsibilities were crucial.
▪ The focus of change is directed toward improving the way superiors use power to manage subordinates.
▪ According to this view, Idealism had made the mistake of subordinating political considerations to moral considerations.
▪ After the fall, these alliances continued, and both parties had strong interests in subordinating women.
▪ Back to Tradition was the slogan, and if that included subordinating women, so be it.
▪ Did this mean that Aquitaine was going to be permanently subordinated to the ruler of the Anglo-Norman realm?
▪ In this period, justice is subordinated to adult authority.
▪ She's quite talented but she subordinates all her interests to his.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dependent \De*pend"ent\, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr. dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.]

  1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.

  2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything, without the will, power, or aid of something else; not self-sustaining; subordinate; -- often with on or upon; as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of independent. [Narrower terms: interdependent, mutualist, mutually beneficial; parasitic, parasitical, leechlike, bloodsucking; subordinate; underage; myrmecophilous; symbiotic] Also See: unfree.

    England, long dependent and degraded, was again a power of the first rank.

  3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of unconditional.

    Syn: qualified.

  4. addicted to drugs.

    Syn: addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out.

    Dependent covenant or Dependent contract (Law), one not binding until some connecting stipulation is performed.

    Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by changes in another variable, which is called the independent variable.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "having an inferior rank," from Medieval Latin subordinatus "placed in a lower order, made subject," past participle of subordinare "place in a lower order," from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + ordinare "arrange, set in order" (see ordain). Related: Subordinance; subordinant; subordinately. For "of or pertaining to the classificatory rank of a suborder," subordinal (1842) is used.\n


"to bring into a subordinate position to something else, to make of less value, to make auxiliary or dependent," 1590s, from Medieval Latin subordinatus (see subordinate (adj.)). Related: Subordinated; subordinating.


"one inferior in power, rank, office, etc.," 1630s, from subordinate (adj.).

  1. 1 Placed in a lower class, rank, or position. 2 submissive or inferior to, or controlled by, authority. 3 (context grammar of a clause not comparable English) dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause n. (senseid en one who is subordinate)(context countable English) One who is subordinate. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To make subservient. 2 (context transitive English) To treat as of less value or importance. 3 (context transitive finance English) To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.

  1. adj. lower in rank or importance [syn: low-level] [ant: dominant]

  2. subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; "a subordinate kingdom" [ant: insubordinate]

  3. of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence" [syn: dependent] [ant: independent]

  4. inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subaltern]

  1. n. an assistant subject to the authority or control of another [syn: subsidiary, underling, foot soldier]

  2. a word that is more specific than a given word [syn: hyponym, subordinate word]

  1. v. rank or order as less important or consider of less value; "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"

  2. make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler" [syn: subdue]

Subordinate (finance)

Usage examples of "subordinate".

Economic development within the United States and stabilization and reform in Europe and Japan were all guaranteed by the United States insofar as it accumulated imperialist superprofits through its relationship to the subordinate countries.

She accustomed her husband to consider Julian as a youth of a mild, unambitious disposition, whose allegiance and gratitude might be secured by the gift of the purple, and who was qualified to fill with honor a subordinate station, without aspiring to dispute the commands, or to shade the glories, of his sovereign and benefactor.

This typical Tusayan feature is only slightly approximated in some subordinate rows within the court.

This form of faith, asserting the efflux of all subordinate existence out of one Supreme Being, seems sometimes to rest on an intuitive idea.

The guard would inform Banneret Dusburg that his minion had returned, and Dusburg would either send him out again or advise Banneret Catavolinos that he could have his subordinate back.

Another champion, Bles Four-Fang, invaded the headquarters of the garrison, caught up the silver commander named Seaborg, and appeared to devour him, armor and all, while the dying officer calmly broadcast final telepathic orders to his subordinates directing the troops now making a last stand at the gate opening into the inner city.

Kirk cut him off with the same impatient brusqueness that would strike fear into the hearts of his subordinates when he was twenty years more refined.

The subsequent publication of the official despatches has served little purpose, save to show that there was a want of harmony between Buller and Warren, and that the former lost all confidence in his subordinate during the course of the operations.

To prevent the enemy from detecting a rhythm in the off-on radar monitoring, Manesh had ordered his subordinate to change the time lapse between sweeps and also change the duration of the sweeps.

Of course the President cannot be held responsible for the misfeasances of subordinates, unless adopted or at least tolerated by him.

Forgetting about the papers he was examining, Morena took the Bodyguard away from his subordinates, examined it with pleasure, and then stuck it inside his waistband.

Laughing, Morena slugged Ransom half a dozen times in the face and stomach while his grinning subordinates watched.

God--an illimitable, omnipotent, paternal spirit, who rewarded the good and punished the wicked--in contradistinction from the multifarious, subordinate, animal and bestial demi-gods of the other nations of the earth.

Dux to the Comes, I do not think we can, with the Notitia before us, assert that the Provincial Duces were regularly subordinated to the Diocesan Comes, as the Provincial Consulares were to the Diocesan Vicarius.

Namely, amid the alternative time-systems which nature offers there will be one with a duration giving the best average of cogredience for all the subordinate parts of the percipient event.