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1 : under
: below [substandard]
2 a : subordinate
: next lower than or inferior to [subagent]
b : subordinate portion of
: subdivision of [subchapter] [subcommittee]
c : assigning to another by the same method [sublicense] [subcontract]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.