subsidiary

adjective
sub·sid·i·ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē , -ˈsi-də-rē \

Definition of subsidiary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : furnishing aid or support : auxiliary subsidiary details

b : of secondary importance a subsidiary stream

2 : of, relating to, or constituting a subsidy a subsidiary payment to an ally

subsidiary

noun
plural subsidiaries

Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is subsidiary especially : a company wholly controlled by another

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Adjective

subsidiarily \səb-ˌsi-dē-ˈer-ə-lē \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun

one of the company's foreign subsidiaries

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Park Lawn went on to become 100-percent owner of 26 of the cemeteries through the subsidiary Midwest Memorial Group. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 One of the Strong Economy For All subsidiary groups, Coalition for the Homeless, said all of the millions received from Robin Hood went to its own programs, not any outside entity. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Hedge Funds’ Favorite Charity Is Funding Their Opponents," 14 May 2018 Additionally, the department announced Monday that insurance firm Chubb Ltd. and its subsidiary Illinois Union Insurance Company would pay a $1.3 million fine for underwriting the Carry Guard program through Lockton Affinity LLC. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "NRA sues New York Governor over what it calls blacklisting campaign," 11 May 2018 The other members could either stay in the ie, marry into a new one (daughters), or start subsidiary branches (sons). Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Because his father is an Earl, James has taken on the subsidiary title of Viscount Severn, rather than Prince. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Your Complete Guide to the British Royal Family Tree and Line of Succession," 23 Apr. 2018 And there are subsidiary questions that run down from there: Which sensors create the best data? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet," 28 Mar. 2018 Nor are the numbers for the subsidiary characters compelling. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches," 22 Mar. 2018 God only knows how many lives have been saved, and subsidiary crimes avoided, because of these dedicated men and women. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians arrested with enough fentanyl to 'kill everyone in Toledo’," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kharkiv has contracted with a subsidiary of Giuliani's consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, to help set up a new office of emergency management there, according to Giuliani and others involved in arranging the deal. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 Called the Wellcome Leap Fund, the initiative will be set up as a subsidiary of the Wellcome Trust with an independent board: the search for a CEO will start shortly and its first research programmes could start in late 2020. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Biomedical charity places major bet on ‘bold’ research to win bigger payoffs," 10 July 2018 That same year, the endowment created the Alamo Trust as a subsidiary and assigned it responsibility for the Alamo operations. Scott Huddleston, Houston Chronicle, "Alamo finances are in political crossfire," 2 June 2018 The alleged winners included such household names as subsidiaries of Glencore Plc, Trafigura Beheer BV and Vitol Group, among the more than 40 individuals and firms named as defendants. Lucia Kassai, Bloomberg.com, "How the ‘Nerd’ Helped Rig Oil Auctions for Years," 4 Apr. 2018 Bon-Ton in 2015 sold six department store buildings to a W.P. Carey subsidiary for $84 million, and then agreed to lease back those properties for 20 years, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dilliard's department store chain could enter Milwaukee area by buying Boston Store sites," 11 July 2018 In exchange for those referrals, insurers bought reinsurance, a sort of insurance for insurers, from PHH’s subsidiaries, and PHH took those fees as kickbacks. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Consumers snapped up the service, and FreedomPop’s new Unreal Mobile subsidiary sold out of most of the phones. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Can you survive on a $10 a month cell-phone plan? I tried FreedomPop to find out," 11 July 2018 Higgins, who previously served as president and CEO of a company whose subsidiary provided power to Bermuda, did not respond to a message for comment. Danica Coto, chicagotribune.com, "CEO of Puerto Rico's bankrupt power company abruptly resigns," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of subsidiary

Adjective

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsidiary

Adjective

Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops

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subsidiary

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English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not as important as something else

: owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a company that is owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun
sub·sid·i·ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē, -ˈsi-də-rē \
plural subsidiaries

Legal Definition of subsidiary 

: a company having the majority of its stock owned by another company — compare affiliate

Note: The parent company of a subsidiary generally has the same policy-making powers as any majority owner and can do such things as appoint directors and hire officers. The subsidiary is controlled by the parent through these powers, and the parent may be held liable for the acts of the subsidiary if the subsidiary is found to be an instrumentality of the parent.

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