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subordinate

adjective     /səˈbɔːdənət/
WORKPLACE having less power or a lower position than someone else in a company or an organization : subordinate to sb The condition of motherhood often makes women subordinate to men in the workplace .a subordinate employee/position/role Before reaching the level of head chef , there was the hard work and subordinate positions in kitchens . Women are in the minority in the office and are of subordinate status to most of their male colleagues .
less important than something else : Primary legislation can be amended ; subordinate legislation cannot.subordinate to sth The institute will make the acquired debt subordinate to any new bank lending .
[before noun] FINANCE →  subordinated
(Definition of subordinate adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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