subalternate

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adjective

sub·​alternate
(¦)səb+
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: inferior in quality or status : subordinate
a subalternate art
a study subalternate to his earlier work
2
[sub- + alternate] : nearly alternate but with a tendency to become opposite
the secondary lateral veins of a pinnate leaf are often subalternate
subalternately
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adverb

subalternate

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noun

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: a particular logical proposition that follows by immediate inference from a universal one of like quality and identical terms

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Medieval Latin subalternatus, past participle of subalternare to subordinate, from Late Latin subalternus subordinate

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“Subalternate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subalternate. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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