Definition of subordinate clause
: a clause that does not form a simple sentence by itself and that is connected to the main clause of a sentence In the sentence “I went home because I felt ill,” “because I felt ill” is a subordinate clause.
Word by Word Definitions
: placed in or occupying a lower class, rank, or position : inferior
: submissive to or controlled by authority
: of, relating to, or constituting a clause that functions as a noun, adjective, or adverb
: one who stands in order or rank below another : one that is subordinate
: to make subject or subservient
: to treat as of less value or importance
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