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 for subordinate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subordinate \Sub*or"di*nate\, n.
     One who stands in order or rank below another; --
     distinguished from a principal. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subordinate \Sub*or"di*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Subordinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Subordinating.]
     1. To place in a lower order or class; to make or consider as
        of less value or importance; as, to subordinate one
        creature to another.
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     2. To make subject; to subject or subdue; as, to subordinate
        the passions to reason.
        [1913 Webster] -- Sub*or"di*nate*ly, adv. --
        Sub*or"di*nate*ness, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Subordinate \Sub*or"di*nate\, a. [Pref. sub + L. ordinatus, p.
     p. of ordinare to set in order, to arrange. See Ordain.]
     1. Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; holding a lower
        or inferior position.
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              The several kinds and subordinate species of each
              are easily distinguished.             --Woodward.
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     2. Inferior in order, nature, dignity, power, importance, or
        the like.
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              It was subordinate, not enslaved, to the
              understanding.                        --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dependent \De*pend"ent\, a. [L. dependens, -entis, p. pr.
     dependere. See Depend, and cf. Dependant.]
     1. Hanging down; as, a dependent bough or leaf.
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     2. Relying on, or subject to, something else for support; not
        able to exist, or sustain itself, or to perform anything,
        without the will, power, or aid of something else; not
        self-sustaining; subordinate; -- often with on or upon;
        as, dependent on God; dependent upon friends. Opposite of
        independent. [Narrower terms: interdependent,
        mutualist, mutually beneficial; parasitic, parasitical,
        leechlike, bloodsucking; subordinate; underage;
        myrmecophilous; symbiotic] Also See: unfree.
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              England, long dependent and degraded, was again a
              power of the first rank.              --Macaulay.
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     3. conditional; contingent or conditioned. Opposite of
        unconditional.
  
     Syn: qualified.
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     4. addicted to drugs.
  
     Syn: addicted, dependent, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     Dependent covenant or Dependent contract (Law), one not
        binding until some connecting stipulation is performed.
  
     Dependent variable (Math.), a varying quantity whose
        changes are arbitrary, but are regarded as produced by
        changes in another variable, which is called the
        independent variable.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  subordinate
      adj 1: lower in rank or importance [syn: subordinate, low-
             level] [ant: dominant]
      2: subject or submissive to authority or the control of another;
         "a subordinate kingdom" [ant: insubordinate]
      3: (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a
         complete sentence; "a subordinate (or dependent) clause
         functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence"
         [syn: dependent, subordinate] [ant: independent,
         main(a)]
      n 1: an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
           [syn: subordinate, subsidiary, underling, foot
           soldier]
      2: a word that is more specific than a given word [syn:
         hyponym, subordinate, subordinate word]
      v 1: rank or order as less important or consider of less value;
           "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
      2: make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have
         to be subordinated to that of our ruler" [syn: subordinate,
         subdue]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  125 Moby Thesaurus words for "subordinate":
     accessory, adjuvant, aide, assistant, assort, auxiliary, below,
     beneath, bolt, categorize, classify, client, cog, collate,
     collateral, common, commonality, commonalty, contributory,
     creature, demeaning, dependent, deprive of freedom, disadvantaged,
     disenfranchise, disfranchise, divide, dominate, employee, enslave,
     enthrall, feudal, feudatory, flunky, follower, gradate, grade,
     group, hanger-on, helper, hireling, hoi polloi, hold captive,
     hold down, hold in bondage, hold in captivity, hold in leash,
     hold in subjection, homager, humble, in the shade, inferior,
     infra dig, junior, keep down, keep under, lackey, lead captive,
     less, lesser, liege, liege man, lightweight, low, lower,
     lower class, lower orders, lowly, make dependent, masses, minion,
     minor, modest, myrmidon, next to, ordinary, pawn, peon, peonize,
     poor relation, rank, retainer, riddle, right-hand man, satellite,
     screen, scrub, second fiddle, second rank, second string,
     secondary, separate, serf, servant, servile, sieve, sift, size,
     slave, sort, sort out, staffer, stooge, sub, subaltern, subject,
     subjugate, subordinate to, subservient, subsidiary, supplementary,
     take captive, third rank, third string, third stringer, tributary,
     under, underling, underprivileged, understrapper, vassal,
     vassalize, vulgar, yeoman, yes-man
  
  

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