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In scholastic philosophy the term about which some declaration or statement is made. In philosophy the substance in relation to other attributes, as the subject of existence. In epistemology the conscious being as distinct from that which is known. In psychology the power that is controlled by a habit, as the emotion of fear is the subject of the virtue of courage. In ethics either the holder of a right or the person under the authority of a ruler or superior.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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