sub·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ sə-ˌbȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce subordination (audio) \

Definition of subordination

: placement in a lower class, rank, or position : the act or process of subordinating someone or something or the state of being subordinated As a prescriptive text, moreover, the Bible has been interpreted as justifying the subordination of women to men.— Cullen Murphy The price is individual subordination to the group and limited autonomy of the nuclear family.— Corinne N. Nydegger After 1688, as before, the message was one of subordination to divinely constituted authority, whether of kings or of one's social superiors.— Richard W. Davis

First Known Use of subordination

1595, in the meaning defined above

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sub·​or·​di·​na·​tion | \ sə-ˌbȯrd-ᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce subordination (audio) \

Legal Definition of subordination

: an act or instance of subordinating also : the remedy of subordinating a claim — see also equitable subordination

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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