Subjection is when a person, group, or government forces another person — or group of people — to submit or be controlled. A dictator's power lies in his subjection of the people over whom he rules.

Many kinds of control can be called subjection, but it most often describes a political rule or the subjugation of a large group of people. Slavery is one terrible, extreme type of subjection, and a king's conquering of a neighboring kingdom is another type. Subjection comes from the Old French subjection, "submission, inferior condition, or captivity," with a Latin root, subjectionem, a putting under."

Definitions of subjection
  1. noun
    the act of conquering
    synonyms: conquering, conquest, subjugation
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    Norman Conquest
    the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
    type of:
    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  2. noun
    forced submission to control by others
    synonyms: subjugation
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    a state of forcible subjugation
    the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
    captivity, enslavement
    the state of being a slave
    bondage, slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom
    the state of being under the control of another person
    the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power
    the condition of a peon
    the state of being confined
    an oppressive power
    bonded labor
    a practice in which employers give high-interest loans to workers whose entire families then labor at low wages to pay off the debt; the practice is illegal in the United States
    state of subjection to an owner or master or forced labor imposed as punishment
    serfdom, serfhood, vassalage
    the state of a serf
    constraint, restraint
    the state of being physically constrained
    captivity, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration
    the state of being imprisoned
    custody, detainment, detention, hold
    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    solitary, solitary confinement
    confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners
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    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
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