sub·​agent ˌsəb-ˈā-jənt How to pronounce subagent (audio)
variants or sub-agent
plural subagents or sub-agents
: a subordinate agent : an agent (such as a real estate broker) who is authorized by another agent to act in that person's place
In a subagency, the selling broker is a subagent of the seller because the selling broker derives his/her authority from the listing broker.Marianne Jennings

Word History

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subagent was in 1683

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“Subagent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


ˈsəb-ˌā-jənt, ˌsəb-ˈā-
: an agent who is appointed by another agent (as an insurance agent) and for whom the principal agent is responsible or liable

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