The placing of a claim below other interests. (1) Subordinated Debenture: An unsecured bond that has a junior claim to all other general creditors. (2) Subordinated Working Interest. See also: Reversionary Working Interest.
A lien taking a legal title position junior to another lien that recorded later. For example, if a mortgage lien recorded in 1996, it can subordinate to a lien recorded in 1999. Subordination may apply not only to mortgages, but also to leases, real estate rights and any other type of debt instruments.
To place a claim below others. (1) Subordinated Debenture: An unsecured bond which has a junior claim to all other general creditors. (2) Subordinated working interest. See: Reversionary Working Interest.
Placed in a lower order, class, or rank; occupying a lower position in a regular descending series; act of a creditor aclmowledging in writing that the lien of the debt due him from a debtor shall be inferior to the lien of another creditor of the same debtor.
Of secondary importance: a subordinate clause is one which depends on another. Subordinate clauses function as consituents of their main clause: the function can be nominal (in which case they are called complements), adjectival (eg relative clauses) or adverbial (eg temporal clauses).
This term is the converse of superordinate. A clause that is lower on the clause hierarchy than another is subordinate to that one. Every other clause is subordinate to the matrix clause. One subordinate clause may be subordinate to another, for example in [I think [that you know [I like coffee]]], I like coffee is subordinate to that you know. See also