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What does "Subaltern" mean?

Definition

(a.) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition (a.) Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior; specifically (Mil.), ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain; as, a subaltern officer (n.) A person holding a subordinate position; specifically, a commissioned military officer below the rank of captain (n.) A subaltern proposition


Synonyms petty, subordinate, inferior, lower, junior, secondary, lowly, junior-grade, lower-ranking


Word Family subalterns