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Meaning of subsidiary

sub•sid•i•ar•y

Pronunciation: (sub-sid'ē-er"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ar•ies.
—adj.
  1. serving to assist or supplement; auxiliary; supplementary.
  2. subordinate or secondary: subsidiary issues.
  3. of or pertaining to a subsidiary.
—n.
  1. a subsidiary thing or person.
  2. See
  3. a subordinate theme or subject.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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