subdominant

noun sub·dom·i·nant \ ˌsəb-ˈdäm-nənt , -ˈdä-mə- \

Definition of subdominant

1 :the fourth tone of a major or minor scale
2 :something partly but incompletely dominant; especially :an ecologically important life form subordinate in influence to the dominants of a community

subdominant

adjective

First Known Use of subdominant

1775


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