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  • adv. In a subordinate way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a subordinate manner; in a lower order, class, rank, or dignity; as of inferior importance.


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  • This word, used in the text to translate the Latin administrative, means subordinately, that is, performed by a minister, who is a servant.

    The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • He was ready to retain local governments wherever they could be “subordinately useful.”


  • The fact is, that all our grand criminals who have been at the head of government, and those also who have subordinately shared in authority, not only never believed that they received God down their throats, but never believed in God at all; at least they had entirely effaced such an idea from their minds.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • But Shakespeare has no peculiarity, no importunate topic; but all is duly given; no veins, no curiosities; no cow-painter, no bird-fancier, no mannerist is he: he has no discoverable egotism: the great he tells greatly; the small subordinately.

    Representative Men

  • The whole of the executive branch acts subordinately to the command of the President in the administration of federal laws, so long as they act within the terms of those laws.

    Republicans speak out forcefully for the rule of law

  • As the law (if I may so speak) of physicians and masters of corporal exercises potentially comprehends particular and special things within the general; so the law of Nature, determining first and principally general matters, secondarily and subordinately determines such as are particular.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • If you think of religion in this way, and bear in mind that its aims are extremely practical and only subordinately theoretical, it will seem to you worthy of the highest respect.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • He leaned back on this support with his face to the tower of the cathedral, now admirably commanded by their station, the high red-brown mass, square and subordinately spired and crocketed, retouched and restored, but charming to his long-sealed eyes and with the first swallows of the year weaving their flight all round it.

    The Ambassadors

  • And subordinately, by Starr's use of the grand jury process to compel interrogation of Secret Service officers, lawyers, and a witness's mother in order to probe a private matter which no one claims was a misuse of presidential power.

    Clinton & the Jones Case

  • Conceiving that an individual independence of the States is utterly irreconcilable with their aggregate sovereignty, and that a consolidation of the whole into one simple republic would be as inexpedient as it is unattainable, I have sought for middle ground, which may at once support a due supremacy of the national authority, and not exclude the local authorities wherever they can be subordinately useful. 7

    "From Interposition to Nullification: Peripheries and Center in the Thought of James Madison." Kevin Raeder Gutzman.


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