sub·​con·​trac·​tor | \ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, 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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The executives involved are accused of threatening to cut wages from employees and withdraw business from subcontractors that supported unionization. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung Electronics chairman indicted on charges of union sabotage," 27 Sep. 2018 Because both the subcontractor and Tesla were involved in the incident, it’s considered a multi-employer investigation. Josh Eidelson,, "Another Safety Probe Hits Tesla After Subcontractor Breaks Jaw," 20 Apr. 2018 The latest blackout prompted Gov. Ricardo Rossello to call on the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to cancel its contract with the subcontractor that caused the massive outage. Madison Park And Steve Almasy, CNN, "Widespread power outage persists in Puerto Rico," 19 Apr. 2018 The subcontractor was accused of failing to follow procedure. CBS News, "ValuJet Flight 592 crash: FBI offers $10,000 for info on fugitive in deadly 1996 crash," 6 Apr. 2018 No law requires retail companies to police their vendors or the subcontractors those vendors hire. Brett Murphy, Detroit Free Press, "Retail giants enable trucker exploitation," 29 June 2017 Pharmacists and some lawmakers complained the pharmacy benefit companies, as subcontractors to health insurance companies, operated largely in secret with little oversight. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "State hits CVS pharmacy benefit company with $1.5 million fine," 9 July 2018 The audit obtained by The Associated Press shows tribe could not account for payments made to subcontractors and vendors between October 2012 and March 2017. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Montana tribe can’t account for $14.5 million," 25 June 2018 Southwest Key operates detention centers as a government subcontractor across the border region. Mark Curnutte,, "Migrant teen held in ICE detention center: 'You could hear them crying all the time'," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of subcontractor

1798, in the meaning defined above

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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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