sub·​or·​ga·​ni·​za·​tion ˌsəb-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce suborganization (audio)
variants or sub-organization
plural suborganizations or sub-organizations
: an organization that is controlled by and subordinate to another organization
It is seldom possible to reform a suborganization for the benefit of the parent organization without encountering resistance.Theodore Caplow
Every organization—except the very smallest—is a cluster of suborganizations of varying sizes, which are organizations in their own right …Theodore Caplow

Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suborganization was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Suborganization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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