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noun sub·plot \ˈsəb-ˌplät\

Simple Definition of subplot

  • : a plot that is related to but less important than the main plot of a story

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subplot

  1. 1 :  a subordinate plot in fiction or drama

  2. 2 :  a subdivision of an experimental plot of land

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