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SUBORDINATION

The rank of lower to higher or of inferior to superior in any relationship, but mainly of dependence. Subordination implies that there must be a hierarchy of beings in the universe and an order of dependency among agents in order to achieve a given end.

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

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