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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
Translations of “subordinate”
in Korean 부차적인…
in Arabic تابِع…
in French subordonné (à)…
in Turkish ast, ast rütbede olan…
in Italian subalterno, secondario…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從屬的,下級的, 次要的…
in Russian второстепенный…
in Polish podrzędny, podporządkowany…
in Spanish subordinado…
in Portuguese subalterno, subordinado…
in German untergeordnet…
in Catalan subordinat…
in Japanese 補佐的な, 下位の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 从属的,下级的, 次要的…
(Definition of subordinate adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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