What does subordination mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subordinationnoun

    the state of being subordinate to something

  2. hyponymy, subordinationnoun

    the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class

  3. subordinationnoun

    the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head

  4. subordinationnoun

    the quality of obedient submissiveness

  5. mastery, subordinationnoun

    the act of mastering or subordinating someone


  1. subordinationnoun

    The process of making something subordinate.

  2. subordinationnoun

    The property of being subordinate.

  3. subordinationnoun

    The quality of being properly obedient to a superior (as a superior officer).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subordinationnoun

    Etymology: subordination, Fr. from subordinate.

    Nor can a council national decide,
    But with subordination to her guide. Dryden.

    If we would suppose a ministry, where every single person was of distinguished piety, and all great officers of state and law diligent in chusing persons, who in their several subordinations would be obliged to follow the examples of their superiors, the empire of irreligion would be soon destroyed. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subordinationnoun

    the act of subordinating, placing in a lower order, or subjecting

  2. Subordinationnoun

    the quality or state of being subordinate or inferior to an other; inferiority of rank or dignity; subjection

  3. Subordinationnoun

    place of inferior rank

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. subordination.]


  1. Subordination

    Subordination in banking and finance refers to the order of priorities in claims for ownership or interest in various assets.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. subordination

    A perfect submission to the orders of superiors; a perfect dependence, regulated by the rights and duties of every military man, from the soldier to the general. Subordination should show the spirit of the chief in all the members; and this single idea, which is manifest to the dullest apprehension, suffices to show its importance. Without subordination it is impossible that a corps can support itself; that its motions can be directed, order established, or the service carried on. In effect, it is subordination that gives a soul and harmony to the service; it adds strength to authority, and merit to obedience; and while it secures the efficacy of command, reflects honor upon its execution. It is subordination which prevents every disorder, and procures every advantage to an army.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subordination in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subordination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of subordination in a Sentence

  1. Henry Kissinger:

    The European Union must recognize that its bureaucratic dilatoriness and subordination of the strategic element to domestic politics in negotiating Ukraine’s relationship to Europe contributed to turning a negotiation into a crisis. Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities.

  2. Marquis de Vauvenargues:

    It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its soverign law is subordination and dependence.

  3. Lopez Obrador:

    I want a friendly relationship with the government of the United States, but not one of subordination. Mexico is a free country, it is a sovereign nation, we will not be subject to any foreign government.

  4. John Adams:

    [D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.

  5. Alexander Aitken:

    I can’t see there being much willingness to give a fairer outcome to offshore bondholders rather than onshore banks, let alone house buyers and people who have lent onshore through the personal loan structures, of course legally there is also structural subordination from being offshore, which means lenders to Evergrande’s onshore subsidiaries get paid before lenders to the parent company or any offshore debt issuer.

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