What Does The Word Subordinate Mean?


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The word subordinate is always used in the context of some form of hierarchy- denoting someone or something is lower in importance or rank to something or someone else. It is the antonym of superior.

It may mean something that is subject to the control or authority of another, like take for instance, 'The defeated kingdom automatically became subordinate to the victorious one'. In grammar, subordinate may refer to a clause that is unable to stand alone in a sentence that is 'a subordinate clause'. In the military or naval ranks a subordinate officer is one of lower rank to a superior officer.

In the green world of gardening the word subordinate has an altogether different meaning. Here it pertains to pruning a branch so that its growth rate is retarded as compared to other branches.

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