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subsidiary

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

Definition of subsidiary

  1. 1a :  furnishing aid or support :  auxiliary subsidiary detailsb :  of secondary importance a subsidiary stream

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

subsidiarily

play \-ˌsi-dē-ˈer-ə-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of subsidiary

Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops


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subsidiary

noun sub·sid·i·ary

Definition of subsidiary

plural

subsidiaries

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

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

  1. one of the company's foreign subsidiaries

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First Known Use of subsidiary

1603


SUBSIDIARY Defined for English Language Learners

subsidiary

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adjective

Definition of subsidiary for English Language Learners

  • : not as important as something else

  • : owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

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Definition of subsidiary for English Language Learners

  • : a company that is owned or controlled by another company


Law Dictionary

subsidiary

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

Legal Definition of subsidiary

plural

subsidiaries

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

subsidiary

adjective

Additional Notes on subsidiary

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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