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subaltern

adjective sub·al·tern \ sə-ˈbȯl-tərn , especially British ˈsə-bəl-tərn \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

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 and Etymology of subaltern

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


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subaltern

noun

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  • : a junior officer in the British army


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