Power Prefix #7: sub-

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "sub-" (meaning "below" or "under").
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ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."

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  1. subconscious
    just below the level of awareness
    Many analysts believe they are rooted in underlying, even subconscious, resentments that are prone to flare up and with deadly consequences.
  2. subjugate
    make subservient; force to submit or subdue
    And we have not even considered the more popular Terminator scenarios in which robots—through super artificial intelligence— subjugate humanity.Slate (Feb 16, 2012)
  3. subliminal
    below the threshold of conscious perception
    Subliminal visual cues and connection are therefore key – through social media, in-game placement, brand extensions such as characters and games, and, most overtly, packaging design.
  4. submarine
    a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
    Collisions between Navy submarines and surface warships are rare.
  5. submerge
    fill or cover completely, usually with water
    Though Sandy has yet to make landfall, her wrath has already submerged low-lying parts of New York and New Jersey.
  6. submissive
    inclined or willing to give in to orders or wishes of others
    He remains quiet and submissive under his heavy fate.Colvin, Sidney
  7. subordinate
    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
    Relationships between supervisors and subordinates create even more potential problems.
  8. subservient
    compliant and obedient to authority
    From the end of World War II to 1989, Poland was politically subservient to the Soviet Union.Time (Apr 15, 2010)
  9. subsidiary
    a company that is completely controlled by another company
    Under the reorganization, the team would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Manchester United Ltd., a newly formed holding company based in the Cayman Islands.Time (Jul 4, 2012)
  10. subterranean
    being or operating under the surface of the earth
    Then fountains and gardens ceased also, the towering masonry closed in, and we entered an almost subterranean labyrinth which sun and air never reach.Wharton, Edith

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