Meaning of subordinate clause

subor'dinate clause'

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— Gram. Gram.
  1. a clause that modifies the principal clause or some part of it or that serves a noun function in the principal clause, as when she arrived in the sentence I was there when she arrived or that she has arrived in the sentence I doubt that she has arrived. Cf.
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