Subordination means lowering. In animal packs, gestures of subordination include staying low and making gestures of play. In the military, one shows subordination by saluting first.

You are more likely to be familiar with the opposite of subordination, insubordination. In the military, acts of insubordination means refusing to follow your superior and is a punishable crime. The 1920s finalized the subordination of investigations into ESP and the like. They were discredited and stopped being investigated by mainstream scientists.

Definitions of subordination

n the state of being subordinate to something

Type of:
dependance, dependence, dependency
the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

n the quality of obedient submissiveness

defiance of authority
Type of:
the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.

n the act of mastering or subordinating someone

Type of:
social control by dominating

n the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class

Type of:
semantic relation
a relation between meanings

n the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head

Type of:
grammatical relation
a linguistic relation established by grammar

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