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
  1. noun
    the state of being subordinate to something
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    type of:
    dependance, dependence, dependency
    the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
  2. noun
    the quality of obedient submissiveness
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    defiance of authority
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    the trait of being willing to yield to the will of another person or a superior force etc.
  3. noun
    the act of mastering or subordinating someone
    synonyms: mastery
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    type of:
    social control by dominating
  4. noun
    the semantic relation of being subordinate or belonging to a lower rank or class
    synonyms: hyponymy
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    type of:
    semantic relation
    a relation between meanings
  5. noun
    the grammatical relation of a modifying word or phrase to its head
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    type of:
    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar
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