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Meaning of subsidiary by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˌsʌbˈsɪd.jɜː( ɹ ).i/, X-SAMPA: /%sVb"sId.j3:( r ).i/


    subsidiary ( comparative more subsidiary, superlative most subsidiary )

    1. auxiliary or supplemental
    2. secondary or subordinate
    3. of, or relating to a subsidy

Explanation of subsidiary by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. functioning in a supporting capacity

    1. a company that is completely controlled by another company

    2. an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

    Definition of subsidiary by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Subsidiary a. [L. subsidiarius: cf. F. subsidiaire. See Subsidy.]
      1. Furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary; especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity; as, “a subsidiary stream”.

      Chief ruler and principal head everywhere, not suffragant and subsidiary. Florio.

      They constituted a useful subsidiary testimony of another state of existence. Coleridge.

      2. Of or pertaining to a subsidy; constituting a subsidy; being a part of, or of the nature of, a subsidy; as, “subsidiary payments to an ally”.

      George the Second relied on his subsidiary treaties. Ld. Mahon.

    2. Subsidiary, n.; pl. Subsidiaries One who, or that which, contributes aid or additional supplies; an assistant; an auxiliary. Hammond.