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Synonyms for subordinate
səˈbɔr dn ɪt; -dnˌeɪtsub·or·di·nate

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. subordinate

    An auxiliary is a person or thing that helps in a subordinate capacity. Allies unite as equals; auxiliaries are, at least technically, inferiors or subordinates. Yet the auxiliary is more than a mere assistant. The word is oftenest found in the plural, and in the military sense; auxiliaries are troops of one nation uniting with the armies, and acting under the orders, of another. Mercenaries serve only for pay; auxiliaries often for reasons of state, policy, or patriotism as well. Compare ACCESSORY; APPENDAGE.

    accessory, aid, ally, assistant, auxiliary, coadjutor, confederate, helper, mercenary, promoter

    antagonist, hinderer, opponent, opposer

    The auxiliaries of the Romans; an auxiliary in a good cause; an auxiliary to learning.

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 1 vote

  1. subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot soldiernoun

    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

    marcher, infantryman, foot soldier, subordinate word, hyponym, footslogger, subsidiary company, subsidiary, underling

    overriding, paramount, insubordinate, preponderant, controlling, disobedient, predominate, superior, possessive, preponderating, dominating, governing, ascendent, contumacious, ascendant, rebellious, supreme, dominant, predominant, sovereign, unruly, mutinous

  2. hyponym, subordinate, subordinate wordadjective

    a word that is more specific than a given word

    subordinate word, hyponym, foot soldier, subsidiary, underling

    rebellious, ascendant, preponderating, superior, predominate, mutinous, governing, controlling, ascendent, dominating, unruly, preponderant, predominant, overriding, dominant, contumacious, paramount, disobedient, supreme, insubordinate, sovereign, possessive

  3. subordinate, low-leveladjective

    lower in rank or importance

    low-altitude, dependent, low-level

    ascendent, mutinous, preponderating, supreme, disobedient, insubordinate, dominating, governing, overriding, predominate, ascendant, superior, paramount, possessive, unruly, dominant, sovereign, rebellious, contumacious, predominant, preponderant, controlling

  4. subordinateadjective

    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another

    "a subordinate kingdom"

    dependent, low-level

    dominating, mutinous, superior, preponderant, possessive, predominant, ascendant, supreme, unruly, overriding, controlling, predominate, governing, paramount, preponderating, disobedient, contumacious, dominant, ascendent, sovereign, insubordinate, rebellious

  5. dependent, subordinateverb

    (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

    "a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"

    pendent, drug-addicted, dependant, qualified, strung-out, low-level, subject, dependent, pendant, hooked

    ascendant, rebellious, governing, controlling, sovereign, dominant, mutinous, insubordinate, predominate, dominating, unruly, superior, preponderating, paramount, contumacious, predominant, disobedient, preponderant, supreme, overriding, possessive, ascendent

  6. subordinateverb

    rank or order as less important or consider of less value

    "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"


    ascendant, unruly, possessive, paramount, controlling, governing, preponderant, dominating, mutinous, predominate, insubordinate, contumacious, preponderating, disobedient, superior, sovereign, overriding, ascendent, dominant, supreme, predominant, rebellious

  7. subordinate, subdueverb

    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient

    "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"

    crucify, surmount, curb, chasten, tame, stamp down, inhibit, overcome, subdue, reduce, suppress, repress, subjugate, master, quash, conquer, keep down, get over, mortify

    dominating, sovereign, preponderating, mutinous, contumacious, superior, ascendant, preponderant, predominate, disobedient, paramount, rebellious, controlling, insubordinate, overriding, possessive, dominant, ascendent, governing, supreme, unruly, predominant

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. subordinateadjective

    inferior, subservient, subject, ancillary, minor, secondary

  2. subordinatenoun

    inferior, dependant

  3. subordinateverb

    subject, make subordinate, make subservient

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  1. Donald Trump Trump:

    Otherwise, I wouldn't be where I am. If he didn't feel that women were as competent as men, I would be relegated to some role subordinate to my brothers, i think this is one of his great strengths: He fully prioritizes merit and accomplishment and skill and ability over background, education, and gender.

  2. Bob Wilson:

    I think it (ISIS) is going to expand beyond Libya where it can find subordinate elements to cooperate with.

  3. Daniel Russel:

    Just as this week's 'tactical weapon' test was a signal to warn Trump that his much-vaunted 'freeze' is in jeopardy, the verbal attack on Pompeo is meant to encourage Trump to ignore his hardline advisers and make a deal with his 'friend' Kim Jong Un, as long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the U.S. president into making important concessions ... they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate U.S. officials.

  4. Johann Huizinga:

    Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.

  5. Jo Johnson:

    We are barreling towards an incoherent Brexit that is going to leave us trapped in a subordinate relationship to the EU, with no say over the rules that will govern huge swathes of our economy.

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  • المرؤوسArabic
  • podřídit, podřízenýCzech
  • underordnetDanish
  • unterordnen, untergeordnetGerman
  • υποτελής, εξαρτημένος, δευτερεύωνGreek
  • subordinadoSpanish
  • تابع, فرودست, زیردستPersian
  • alisteinen, alainen, väheksyä, alamainen, alistaaFinnish
  • subordonnées, subordonné, subordonnée, subordonnésFrench
  • fo-ordaigh, íochtaránach, fo-ordaitheIrish
  • alárendeltHungarian
  • ژێرده‌سته‌Kurdish
  • ondergeschiktDutch
  • podrzędnyPolish
  • subordinar, dominar, submeter, subordinada, sujeitar, subjugar, subordinadoPortuguese
  • subordonată, subordonatRomanian
  • подчинять, подчинённый, придаточныйRussian
  • zavisan, потчињен, potčinjeni, зависан, potčinjenSerbo-Croatian
  • underordna, underordnadSwedish
  • అధీనTelugu
  • ماتحتUrdu

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