Definitions for: Subaltern


[n] a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
[adj] inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sub*al"tern, a. [F. subalterne, LL. subalternus, fr.
L. sub under + alter the one, the other of two. See Alter.]
1. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior;
specifically (Mil.), ranking as a junior officer; being
below the rank of captain; as, a subaltern officer.

2. (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a
related proposition.

Subaltern genus. (Logic) See under Genus.


Sub*al"tern, n.
1. A person holding a subordinate position; specifically, a
commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.

2. (Logic) A subaltern proposition. --Whately.

Synonyms: inferior, junior, junior-grade, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subordinate

See Also: commissioned military officer

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