Definition of subsidiary in English:

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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.
subordinate, secondary, ancillary, auxiliary, lesser, minor, subservient, supplementary, supplemental, additional, extra, attendant, peripheral;
second-fiddle, second-class, lower-level, lower-grade
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)

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



Pronunciation: /səbˈsɪdɪərɪli/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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