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sub·or·di·nate

 (sə-bôr′dn-ĭt)
adj.
1. Belonging to a lower or inferior class or rank; secondary.
2. Subject to the authority or control of another.
n.
One that is subordinate.
tr.v. (sə-bôr′dn-āt′) sub·or·di·nat·ed, sub·or·di·nat·ing, sub·or·di·nates
1. To put in a lower or inferior rank or class.
2. To make subservient; subdue.

[Middle English subordinat, from Medieval Latin subōrdinātus, past participle of subōrdināre, to put in a lower rank : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin ōrdināre, to set in order (from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots).]

sub·or′di·nate·ly adv.
sub·or′di·nate·ness, sub·or′di·na′tion (-nā′shən) n.
sub·or′di·na′tive (-nə′tĭv) adj.
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Adj.1.subordinative - serving to connect a subordinate clause to a main clause; "`when' in `I will come when I can' is a subordinating conjunction"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)