subdominant

noun
sub·​dom·​i·​nant | \ ˌsəb-ˈdäm-nənt How to pronounce subdominant (audio) , -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

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Other Words from subdominant

subdominant adjective

Examples of subdominant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rio Grande turkeys invariably roost in mixed groups, usually a dominant gobbler, maybe a couple of subdominant gobblers and, almost always, a bevy of hens. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subdominant

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subdominant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdominant. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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