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Meaning of subdominant

sub•dom•i•nant

Pronunciation: (sub-dom'u-nunt), [key]
— n.
  1. the fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
—adj.
  1. less than or not quite dominant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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