sub·​con·​trac·​tor | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio) , ˌsəb-kən-ˈtrak- \

Definition of subcontractor

: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

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Recent Examples on the Web The franchise advised that the subcontractor performed daily health screenings and masks were provided to all employees on the job site. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Workers helping Midland flood cleanup allege in suit they were infected with coronavirus," 24 Oct. 2020 Children’s Home Society of Florida, an Our Kids subcontractor that approved her license, expressed concerns about her ability to care for foster kids and refused to send her more kids. USA Today, "Database: Track foster parents and caregivers accused of abuse and neglect," 16 Oct. 2020 The whistle-blower complaint also mentioned coronavirus, and another complaint accuses the same subcontractor of taking insufficient precautions against the virus at a separate facility back in July. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Troubling State of Medical Care in ICE Detention," 25 Sep. 2020 North Shore School District 112 recently had three students, a staff member and a subcontractor to test positive for COVID-19, but the cases didn’t lead to further spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said. Gloria Casas,, "North Shore School District 112 officials tout no coronavirus spread despite positive COVID-19 cases," 9 Oct. 2020 Chanchal Toor was a dental school graduate facing limited job opportunities in India when a subcontractor to Augmedix hired her in 2015. Sarah Kwon,, "To free doctors from computers, far-flung scribes are taking notes," 2 Oct. 2020 The subcontractor turned both invoices over to the FBI. Brooke Baitinger,, "Former Broward schools supervisor gets 20 months in prison for accepting bribes," 22 Sep. 2020 Drywall subcontractor Mace Peace Master Cleaning, also located in Orange County, sued in July over claims it was owed $103,549. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney World’s Saratoga Springs Resort renovation woes spur lawsuit, claims of bullying," 17 Aug. 2020 More recently, prosecutors alleged that Nice was designated a subcontractor and had payments funneled to him through a ComEd lobbyist. Ray Long,, "House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of subcontractor

1798, in the meaning defined above

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29 Oct 2020

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“Subcontractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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Legal Definition of subcontractor

: one (as an individual or business) that contracts to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract

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