sub·group | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrüp \

Definition of subgroup 

1 : a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality

2 : a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

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They might be based on status, pitting older and better-compensated subgroups against younger, underpaid factions. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Even when earlier on three or more subgroups are doing entirely different, often intense things, the mood is controlled, involuntary, dragooned. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "With Batsheva, Politics Inside and Outside the Joyce Theater," 11 July 2018 In any case, De Leon did not surpass the 30 percent threshold in any of those voter subgroups. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Newsom, Feinstein continue to lead in poll; gas-tax repeal ahead with three-state measure trailing," 28 June 2018 Only 64% support a law requiring that all guns be kept in a locked place, with those numbers increasing among Democratic subgroups, but no change among parents of kids under 18. Grace Sparks, CNN, "Half of Texans support stricter gun laws in the US," 1 June 2018 Though the bill contained exemptions for a range of subgroups, its work requirements were projected to apply to 700,000 people, and more than 100,000 of those were likely to lose health coverage. Jamila Michener, Vox, "The politics and policy of racism in American health care," 24 May 2018 Weekly amounts from each vegetable subgroup are recommended to ensure variety and meet nutrient needs. NBC News, "How I learned to love (or at least tolerate) vegetables," 26 Mar. 2018 One big caveat: Smaller subgroups, such as Hispanics in Broward, can have a much larger margin of error than the overall poll. Anthony Man,, "Rick Scott leads Bill Nelson in poll of South Florida Hispanic voters," 12 July 2018 And his 1980 defeat in many ways marked a moment in which Carter’s fellow Evangelicals mobilized into one of the most powerful political subgroups in the country, and the core of the Republican Party to this day. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Plains, Ga., an evangelical politician like no other," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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