sub·​par·​a·​graph ˌsəb-ˈper-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce subparagraph (audio)
variants or less commonly sub-paragraph
plural subparagraphs also sub-paragraphs
: a subordinate paragraph especially of a formally drafted document (such as a contract or law)
the items specified in subparagraph (a)

Examples of subparagraph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Administrator may take such steps as necessary to ensure that eligible entities described in this subparagraph have access to grant funding under this section after the end of such 21-day period. Alan Gassman, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 For purposes of this subparagraph, material lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value... Peter Greene, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subparagraph was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Subparagraph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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