Definition of subsume in English:


Syllabification: sub·sume
Pronunciation: /səbˈso͞om


[with object]
Include or absorb (something) in something else: most of these phenomena can be subsumed under two broad categories
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  • Teleological theories draw from the efforts of the individual agent to distinguish the real from the apparent good, and to harmonize conflicting impulses by subsuming them under a comprehensive conception of the good.
  • It is a kind of enveloping void that subsumes the senses into a kind of frozen present.
  • Three important elements are subsumed under the first branch of the test.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'subjoin, add'): from medieval Latin subsumere, from sub- 'from below' + sumere 'take'. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.



More example sentences
  • Individual and tribal morality might be subsumable under the morality of the nation.
  • It also explores several conceptions of objectivity that are each either inapplicable to law or subsumable under at least one of the six conceptions just mentioned.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Management is subsumable within the Graduate Diploma in Management, which is subsumable into the Master of Management.


Pronunciation: /-ˈsəm(p)SHən/
More example sentences
  • One's own subsumption - any tool that allows people to think they are doing the right thing when buying hyper-commodified products from sites of mass-consumption needs to be attacked.
  • Kierkegaard's injunction that we leap into faith should be taken less, as is normally done, as a demand for the subsumption of reason into the irrational, but as a call to show fidelity to your conviction.
  • For some thinkers, places must resist total subsumption under the self.

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