Insubordinate vs. Subordinate

Insubordinate vs. Subordinate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Insubordinate and Subordinate

Insubordinateadjective

Not submissive to authority

has a history of insubordinate behavior.

Subordinateadjective

Belonging to a lower or inferior class or rank; secondary.

Insubordinateadjective

Rebellious or defiant to authority.

Subordinateadjective

Subject to the authority or control of another.

Insubordinateadjective

Contumacious.

Subordinatenoun

One that is subordinate.

Insubordinatenoun

A person who defies authority.

Subordinateverb

To put in a lower or inferior rank or class.

Insubordinateadjective

not submissive to authority;

a history of insubordinate behaviorinsubordinate boys

Subordinateverb

To make subservient; subdue.

Insubordinateadjective

disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority

Subordinateadjective

Placed in a lower class, rank, or position.

Subordinateadjective

Submissive or inferior to, or controlled by, authority.

Subordinateadjective

dependent on and either modifying or complementing the main clause

In the sentence “The barbecue finished before John arrived”, the subordinate clause “before John arrived” specifies the time of the main clause, “The barbecue finished”.

Subordinateadjective

Descending in a regular series.

Subordinatenoun

(countable) One who is subordinate.

Subordinateverb

(transitive) To make subservient.

Subordinateverb

(transitive) To treat as of less value or importance.

Subordinateverb

To make of lower priority in order of payment in bankruptcy.

Subordinatenoun

an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Subordinatenoun

a word that is more specific than a given word

Subordinateverb

rank or order as less important or consider of less value;

Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools

Subordinateverb

make subordinate, dependent, or subservient;

Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler

Subordinateadjective

lower in rank or importance

Subordinateadjective

subject or submissive to authority or the control of another;

a subordinate kingdom

Subordinateadjective

of a clause; unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence;

a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence

Subordinateadjective

inferior in rank or status;

the junior facultya lowly corporalpetty officialdoma subordinate functionary