sub·​sec·​tion | \ ˈsəb-ˌsek-shən How to pronounce subsection (audio) \

Definition of subsection

1 : a subdivision or a subordinate division of a section
2 : a subordinate part or branch

Examples of subsection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An offense under this subsection is a third degree felony. Priscilla Aguirre,, "Laredo officials to issue citations to positive coronavirus residents who leave their homes," 7 July 2020 The database described in subsection (a) of this section shall account for instances where a law enforcement officer resigns or retires while under active investigation related to the use of force. CNN, "READ: President Trump's executive order on police reform," 16 June 2020 On Thursday, Amazon rode to the rescue of the beleaguered American industry — or at least one particularly challenged and particularly notable subsection: independent high-end designers. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Amazon to the Rescue of the Fashion World!," 14 May 2020 In cascading chapters and subsections, Dr. Hansell explored topics like nest shape, decoration and size, and the nest as a factor in mate selection. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, "Why Birds Are the World’s Best Engineers," 17 Mar. 2020 But while Trump's base may yet respond positively to blaming China, there is another subsection of Americans who could face very real risks because of it. James Griffiths, CNN, "Trump and Beijing agree on the coronavirus crisis: It's someone else's fault," 17 Mar. 2020 There is a whole subsection of the internet devoted to recipes based around Trader Joe’s products. Sarah Midkiff,, "The Internet Is Sharing Their Trader Joe’s Faves To Pay Tribute To The Store’s Late Founder," 29 Feb. 2020 So much so that the New York Times devoted a whole subsection to the case when recalling his career upon his death in 1998. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "207 lawmakers urge the Supreme Court to overrule a half century of abortion law," 19 Feb. 2020 The league cited its rules on goaltender interference, including subsections related to contact inside and outside the crease. Brian Hedger,, "NHL analysis: Columbus Blue Jackets beat former goalie Sergei 'Bob" Bobrovsky, Panthers," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of subsection

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subsection was in 1621

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15 Jul 2020

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“Subsection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of subsection

: a part of a section especially of a legal document

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