1. The act of subordinating, placing in a lower order, or subjecting.
2. The quality or state of being subordinate or inferior to an other; inferiority of rank or dignity; subjection.
Natural creature having a local subordination. --Holyday.
3. Place of inferior rank.
Persons who in their several subordinations would be obliged to follow the example of their superiors. --Swift.
n 1: the state of being subordinate to something
2: the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a
lower rank or class [syn: hyponymy]
3: the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to
4: the quality of obedient submissiveness [ant: insubordination]
5: the act of mastering or subordinating someone [syn: mastery]