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1 : placed in or occupying a lower rank, class, or position
2 : submissive to or controlled by authority
[sə-bȯrd-n-āt] vt -nat·ed
: to assign lower priority to (as a debt or creditor)
: postpone satisfaction of until after satisfaction of another [the equitable assignee will be subordinated to the rights of the assignor's trustee in bankruptcy "J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.