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a. The act of subsuming.
b. Something subsumed.
2. Logic The minor premise of a syllogism.

[Latin subsūmptiō, subsūmptiōn-, a subsuming, from subsūmptus, past participle of subsūmere, to subsume; see subsume.]

sub·sump′tive adj.
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Edward Said applauds Conrad for the Marxist recognition of capitalism's subsumptive power, observing that late-nineteenth-century imperialism appeared to be a totalizing system, yet chastises him for failing to envision an alternative to Western hegemony.
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The performative effect of writing-as-response, even before the subsumptive themes and ideas are opened for analysis, is of particular interest to Coetzee.
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Certainly Tennyson's poem captures patriarchy at its most strategically subsumptive, for the Prince seems effectively to embrace the Princess' own ideals, stating "The woman's cause is man's" (VII.