sub·or·di·nate 1 /sə-'bȯrd-ən-ət/ adj1: placed in or occupying a lower rank, class, or position2: submissive to or controlled by authoritysub·or·di·nate 2 /sə-'bȯrd-ən-ˌāt/ vt -nat·ed, -nat·ing: to assign lower priority to (as a debt or creditor): postpone satisfaction of until after satisfaction of anotherthe equitable assignee will be subordinated to the rights of the assignor's trustee in bankruptcy — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
subordinate position, accessory, ancillary, auxiliary, collateral, humble, inferior, junior, less important, less significant, lesser, low-level, lower, lower in rank, lowly, minor, secondary, subaltern, subject, subjected, submissive, subservient, subsidiary
associated concepts: subordinate interest, subordinate lien
ancillary (subsidiary), assistant, coadjutant, dependent, derivative, employee, extrinsic, impose (subject), incidental, inferior (lower in position), minor, obsequious, passive, pliant, secondary, sequacious, servile, slight, subaltern, subject (conditional), subject, subservient, subsidiary, supplementary, tangential
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.Below someone or something else; of lower rank or importance.n.A person ranked below another.v.To rank something below something else; to give one debt or claim lower priority than another debt or claim.n.subordination
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.