Etymology
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subordination (n.)

mid-15c., subordinacioun "hierarchical arrangement," from Medieval Latin subordinationem (nominative subordinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of subordinare (see subordinate (adj.)). Meaning "condition of being duly submissive" is from 1736.

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Definitions of subordination

subordination (n.)
the state of being subordinate to something;
subordination (n.)
the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class;
Synonyms: hyponymy
subordination (n.)
the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head;
subordination (n.)
the quality of obedient submissiveness;
subordination (n.)
the act of mastering or subordinating someone;
Synonyms: mastery
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