Definition of subsidiary in English:


Line breaks: sub|sid¦iary
Pronunciation: /səbˈsɪdɪəri


1Less important than but related or supplementary to something: a subsidiary flue of the main chimney many argue that the cause of animal rights is subsidiary to that of protecting the environment
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  • Roads serving these centres were subsidiary to the main network.
  • Aborigines and other non-European Australians are subsidiary to Ward's analysis.
  • But on any view of the allegations, taken at their highest, the role of the second applicant is regarded as significantly subsidiary to that of the first.
1.1(Of a company) controlled by a holding or parent company: all the firm’s subsidiary companies have to operate under broad general guidelines
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  • The IAS definition of related parties includes parent and subsidiary companies as well as individuals who exercise control over a company and members of their families.
  • It may be that they will have to offer a combination of both types of options to employees at both parent and subsidiary companies.
  • Many of the companies doing business in the Bahamas are connected to parent, partner or subsidiary companies that trade on the US exchanges.

noun (plural subsidiaries)

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A company controlled by a holding company: a subsidiary of Cable and Wireless the firm’s Spanish subsidiary
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  • Most public companies have a holding company and subsidiaries.
  • This is intended to garner tax from foreign subsidiaries of the holding company domiciled in their respective countries.
  • The United States now imposes certain firewalls on bank holding companies and their subsidiaries.
subordinate company, wholly owned company;
branch, division, subdivision, section, part, dependency, peripheral, derivative, satellite, offshoot, wing, attachment, adjunct, appendage
archaic tributary


mid 16th century (in the sense 'serving to help or supplement'): from Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium 'support, assistance' (see subsidy).



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  • We are subsidiarily aware of the marginal elements, with a bearing on that which is focally known.
  • Buyer also stated that its set-off claim is based not only on alleged breach of contract by Seller but subsidiarily also on alleged breach of the rules of fair competition.
  • All these requisites present, the employer becomes ipso facto subsidiarily liable upon the employee's conviction and upon proof of the latter's insolvency.

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