Below another in standing or importance
In a position of subordination
One belonging to a lower class or rank
He put on the air of a subordinate who obeys without reasoning.
The authorship of the epistles is in many cases a matter of subordinate importance; at least for Protestants or for those surrendering Bible infallibility, which Rome can hardly do.
I consider myself fortunate to have such a subordinate by me.
Much has been done of late years to make these subordinate standards of reformed doctrine more generally known.
The subordinate standards have been numerous, though marked by striking agreement in the main body of Christian doctrine which they set forth.