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subaltern

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

Definition of subaltern

  1. 1 :  particular with reference to a related universal proposition “some S is P” is a subaltern proposition to “all S is P”

  2. 2 :  subordinate

Origin and Etymology of subaltern

Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus alternate, from alter other (of two) — more at alter


First Known Use: 1566


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subaltern

noun sub·al·tern

Definition of subaltern

  1. 1 :  a person holding a subordinate position; specifically :  a junior officer (as in the British army)

  2. 2 :  a particular proposition that follows immediately from a universal

1605

First Known Use of subaltern

1605


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subaltern

noun sub·al·tern

Definition of subaltern for English Language Learners

  • : a junior officer in the British army


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