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Originally: †a precipitate or sediment (obsolete). Later: the action or process of forming sediment, precipitation. Compare "subsidence". Now rare.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Cullen (1710–1790), chemist and physician. Apparently from subside + -ation. Compare earlier subsidate<br>late 18th century. From subsid- + -ation. Compare earlier subsidizing and later subsidization.
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