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1subaltern

adjective sub·al·tern \sə-ˈbl-tərn, especially British ˈsə-bəl-tərn\

Definition of SUBALTERN

1
:  particular with reference to a related universal proposition <“some S is P” is a subaltern proposition to “all S is P”>
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Origin of SUBALTERN

Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus alternate, from alter other (of two) — more at alter
First Known Use: 1570

2subaltern

noun

: a junior officer in the British army

Full Definition of SUBALTERN

1
:  a person holding a subordinate position; specifically :  a junior officer (as in the British army)
2
:  a particular proposition that follows immediately from a universal

First Known Use of SUBALTERN

1605

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