sub·​theme | \ ˈsəb-ˌthēm How to pronounce subtheme (audio) \
variants: or sub-theme
plural subthemes or sub-themes

Definition of subtheme

: a theme that is secondary to a larger theme … these three different bodies of work are also bound together by the entwined themes of migration, globalism, and—unexpectedly—portraiture. Subthemes of labour, old age, and surveillance also emerge here.— Robin Laurence Three themes were ultimately extracted from the data: (a) instructional benefits and implications, (b) complexity, and (c) outlook. Each theme has two to four subthemes that were represented in the data.— Sheri M. Treadwell et al.

First Known Use of subtheme

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Subtheme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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