sub·​sid·​i·​ar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsəb-si-dē-ˈer-ə-tē How to pronounce subsidiarity (audio) , səb-ˌsi-\

Definition of subsidiarity

1 : the quality or state of being subsidiary
2 : a principle in social organization: functions which subordinate or local organizations perform effectively belong more properly to them than to a dominant central organization

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In a world where the slightest enthusiasm or complaint can penetrate Congress and cause a stir, expounding the principles of limited government and subsidiarity is more urgent than ever. Christopher Demuth Sr., National Review, "Repairing Our Fractured Politics," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of subsidiarity

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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