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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Subordinate

SUBOR'DINATE, adjective [Latin sub and ordinatus, from ordo, order.]

1. Inferior in order, in nature, in dignity, in power, importance, etc.; as subordinate officers.

It was subordinate not enslaved, to the understanding.

2. Descending in a regular series.

The several kinds and subordinate species of each, are easily distinguished.

SUBOR'DINATE, verb transitive To place in order or rank below something else; to make or consider as of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one creature to another; to subordinate temporal to spiritual things.

1. To make subject; as, to subordinate the passions to reason.