sub·​na·​tion·​al ˌsəb-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce subnational (audio)
variants or sub-national
: existing or occurring below a national level : relating to or being a group or region within a nation
a subnational government
members of a subnational culture
Nations with differing political and economic systems are flourishing. Sub-national groups, with varied and contradictory agendas, are on the rise.Fareed Zakaria

Examples of subnational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are standalone projects that operate independently in the voluntary carbon offset market, outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s REDD+ framework for national and subnational projects. Keerti Gopal, Ars Technica, 26 Aug. 2023 California delegates to the U.N. Climate Summit this week are pushing for subnational governments — states, provinces and cities — to have a more prominent role in future climate negotiations, The Hill reports. Soumya Karlamangla, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 And guess what jurisdictions are included in just assessing what the appropriate guidance should be, the U.S. subnational states. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 That doesn’t mean subnational ties are immune from turmoil. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 What are other examples of subnational collaborations on climate? Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 The multilateral method of the 2020s must operate across a variety of public and private networks: regional, subnational, national, transnational, and global. Robert B. Zoellick, Foreign Affairs, 22 Feb. 2022 California has been engaged in climate talks with Chinese provinces since at least the Schwarzenegger administration, when the state began actively pursuing subnational relationships with other jurisdictions interested in various aspects of the climate crisis. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 Finally, significant efforts are occuring at the subnational level in states such as Nuevo León, Chihuahua, and Baja California, which are offering their own incentive packages to attract investment. Chris Miller and David Talbot, Foreign Affairs, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subnational was in 1840

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“Subnational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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