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  • adj. Tending to subordinate; expressing subordination.
  • adj. Used to introduce a subordinate sentence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to subordinate; expressing subordination; used to introduce a subordinate sentence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to subordinate; causing, implying, or expressing subordination or dependence.

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

  • adj. serving to connect a subordinate clause to a main clause


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  • It is protective rather than subordinative, traditional and rooted rather than aggressive and despotic.

    Wordsworth's 'The Haunted Tree' and the Sexual Politics of Landscape

  • But in the LXX, even when the former clause is introduced by a subordinative conjunction, kai still follows in the latter, e.g. -

    A Grammar of Septuagint Greek

  • The common relations between sentences indicated by conjunctions are co√∂rdinative, subordinative, adversative, concessive, and illative.

    English: Composition and Literature

  • Grammatically, _but_ may be regarded as a subordinative conjunction = 'unless (it had happened) that I was despatched': or, taking it in its original prepositional sense, we may regard it as governing the substantive clause, 'that ... guard.' ~quick command~: the adjective has the force of an adverb, quick commands being commands that are to be carried quickly. ~sovran~, supreme.

    Milton's Comus


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