from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of subordinating, subjecting, or placing in a lower order, rank, or position, or in proper degrees of rank; also, the state of being subordinate or inferior; inferiority of rank or dignity.
  • noun Degree of lesser rank.
  • noun The state of being under control of government; subjection to rule; habit of obedience to orders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of subordinating, placing in a lower order, or subjecting.
  • noun The quality or state of being subordinate or inferior to an other; inferiority of rank or dignity; subjection.
  • noun Place of inferior rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of making something subordinate.
  • noun The property of being subordinate.
  • noun The quality of being properly obedient to a superior (as a superior officer).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of mastering or subordinating someone
  • noun the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class
  • noun the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head
  • noun the quality of obedient submissiveness
  • noun the state of being subordinate to something


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