subordinate


subordinate
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. lower, inferior, secondary; dependent, subservient. See inferiority, unimportance, subjection.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. underling, junior, subaltern, assistant, helper, aide; see also assistant .
modif.
Syn. inferior, junior, smaller, sub, low, baser, underaverage, insignificant, subnormal, paltry, playing second fiddle, not hold a candle to, not up to snuff, below par, below the mark, unequal to, not comparable to, in the shade, nothing to brag about, at a low ebb, lower, minor, Depending on, lower in rank, subject, subservient, being a satellite, submissive, subsidiary, accessory, auxiliary, ancillary; see also secondary 1 , under 2 , 3 .
Ant. superior*, higher, excellent.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
inferior, junior, underling, second, attendant, servant, slave, dependent, subaltern, *flunky, *second fiddle, *low man on the totem pole.
ANT.: superior, senior, boss
II
v.
subject, dominate, *keep under one's thumb, control, *boss around, order around, *keep down, reduce.
ANT.: empower, raise
III
(VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[suh BORD in et]
inferior or secondary to another.
The subordinate members of the group had no power to vote.
SYN.: inferior, secondary, below, under, junior, *under one's thumb, minor, lesser, second-class, submissive, subaltern, ancillary.
ANT.: superior, first-class, higher, major
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Below another in standing or importance: inferior, junior, lesser, low, lower2, minor, minor-league, petty, secondary, small, subaltern, under. Informal: smalltime. See OVER. 2. In a position of subordination: collateral, dependent, subject, subservient. See OVER, PART. II noun One belonging to a lower class or rank: inferior, junior, secondary, subaltern, underling. See OVER.

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