sub·​group | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrüp How to pronounce subgroup (audio) \

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

Examples of subgroup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a 2019 survey of almost 35,000 young people, the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ youths, found that 42 percent of a subgroup who had received conversion therapy attempted suicide. The Editors, Scientific American, "A Nationwide Ban Is Needed for “Anti-Gay Therapy”," 13 Jan. 2020 The task force subgroups will meet several more times before voting on final policy recommendations on Jan. 9. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan task force on jails floats initial ideas for policy reform," 20 Nov. 2019 But those two subgroups of the rich, powerful and famous Astros fans won't be the only famous names and faces in the park. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrities to watch for at World Series games between Astros, Nationals," 22 Oct. 2019 Slis say the state cannot prohibit adult use for ‘‘an extremely narrow subgroup of the public’’ and argues that many of the estimated 500,000 users of vaping products in Michigan rely on them to quit smoking tobacco., "LANSING, Mich. — The owner of a northern Michigan vape shop sued Wednesday to stop the state’s ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, contending the rules are illegal and will force him to close his store.," 27 Sep. 2019 The analysis split already small trials into even smaller new subgroups, which makes the data difficult to interpret. Washington Post, "Drugmakers Put Bad Spin on a Bizarre Week," 10 Aug. 2019 The five groups involved, each with different subgroups, were bishops, traditionalists, progressives, centrists and central conference members who are located outside the United States. Danae King,, "Ohio Methodist leader among those involved in creating plan to split over gay marriage," 3 Jan. 2020 Ward pointed to the South's higher populations of African-Americans and low-income subgroups, which are both more likely to be obese. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Study: Nearly half U.S. residents to be 'obese' in 2030, 1 in 4 to have 'severe obesity'," 19 Dec. 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools either have the highest levels of student achievement in their state or have made the most progress in closing achievement gaps between subgroups, such as students of different races. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado K-12 news in brief: 5 schools honored, study finds preschool benefits, and more," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Subgroup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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