subnational

adjective sub·na·tion·al \ ˌsəb-ˈnash-nəl , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \
variants: or sub-national

Definition of subnational

: 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

First Known Use of subnational

1840

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