Definitions for: Subsidiary


[n] a company that is completely controlled by another company
[n] someone subject to the authority or control of another
[adj] functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity; "the main library and its auxiliary branches"
[adj] relating to something that is added but is not essential; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each other"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sub*sid"i*a*ry, a. [L. subsidiarius: cf. F.
subsidiaire. See Subsidy.]
1. Furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary;
especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity;
as, a subsidiary stream.

Chief ruler and principal head everywhere, not
suffragant and subsidiary. --Florio.

They constituted a useful subsidiary testimony of
another state of existence. --Coleridge.

2. Of or pertaining to a subsidy; constituting a subsidy;
being a part of, or of the nature of, a subsidy; as,
subsidiary payments to an ally.

George the Second relied on his subsidiary treaties.
--Ld. Mahon.


Sub*sid"i*a*ry, n.; pl. Subsidiaries.
One who, or that which, contributes aid or additional
supplies; an assistant; an auxiliary. --Hammond.

Synonyms: accessory, adjunct, adjuvant, ancillary, appurtenant, auxiliary, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary company, supplemental, supplementary, supportive, underling

See Also: company, follower, man

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