Definition of subsidiary in English:

subsidiary

adjective

  • 1Less important than but related or supplementary to.

    ‘many environmentalists argue that the cause of animal rights is subsidiary to that of protecting the environment’
    • ‘But on any view of the allegations, taken at their highest, the role of the second applicant is regarded as significantly subsidiary to that of the first.’
    • ‘Roads serving these centres were subsidiary to the main network.’
    • ‘At the same time, he performed an important subsidiary function by carrying news of Jewish affairs to widely separated Jewish communities.’
    • ‘It is an associated issue, which is clearly subsidiary to the main point that is raised in relation to the relationship evidence.’
    • ‘New York Life reorganised all its investment management business operations under a separate subsidiary to integrate all related functions within its group.’
    • ‘It is in these circumstances that state responsibility retains an important subsidiary role.’
    • ‘All other human faculties or needs are made subsidiary to this power.’
    • ‘It is sort of subsidiary to the question of probability.’
    • ‘In this exhibition the parts are subsidiary to the whole - you aren't expected so much to stop and reflect on each work; each work is instead an example of a broader theme.’
    • ‘For them, a person's right to life is clearly subsidiary to the maintenance of judicial power and the idea of procedural justice.’
    • ‘However, in most situations the effects of soil are subsidiary to those of climate, vine variety, and vine management.’
    • ‘Yet such details are always subsidiary to the sensual and emotional lives of her strong female characters.’
    • ‘Aborigines and other non-European Australians are subsidiary to Ward's analysis.’
    • ‘Programming is subsidiary to the advertisements that pay for it.’
    • ‘But these pleasures are subsidiary to those afforded by James's sensibility, which transforms the squalor and pettiness of crime into the grandeur of desolation.’
    • ‘Everything else is subsidiary to maximising the retirement income of Australians.’
    • ‘The goals of healthcare policy are in danger of becoming subsidiary to those of the pharmaceutical industry.’
    • ‘She even accepted that her existence as Sarah, whilst remaining valid, was subsidiary to that task.’
    • ‘For the continental fossil record, such parameters and their evolution through time cannot be seen as a simple linear series of factors subsidiary to sea-level changes.’
    • ‘However, it was incidental or subsidiary to the primary purpose of the journey, which he held for each man was to go to the football match in Bolton.’
    subordinate, secondary, ancillary, auxiliary, lesser, minor, subservient, supplementary, supplemental, additional, extra, attendant, peripheral
    second-fiddle, second-class, lower-level, lower-grade
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    1. 1.1 (of a company) controlled by a holding or parent company.
      • ‘Many of the companies doing business in the Bahamas are connected to parent, partner or subsidiary companies that trade on the US exchanges.’
      • ‘A third priority amendment centers on eliminating cross-shareholding between parent and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘The IAS definition of related parties includes parent and subsidiary companies as well as individuals who exercise control over a company and members of their families.’
      • ‘It may be that they will have to offer a combination of both types of options to employees at both parent and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘Company Reports are available for both parent companies and subsidiary companies.’

noun

  • 1A company controlled by a holding company.

    • ‘Multiline Agencies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multiline Holdings.’
    • ‘It has 14 stores and is a subsidiary of Grafton Group plc.’
    • ‘Exports of joint ventures or subsidiaries of overseas companies are also on the rise.’
    • ‘The figures were supplied to The Sunday Business Post by Bupa, the Irish subsidiary of British health insurer Bupa.’
    • ‘These are the interests of minority shareholders in subsidiaries of the group.’
    • ‘The lands at Balgaddy are owned by Everglade Properties, a subsidiary of Treasury Holdings.’
    • ‘The group is the UK subsidiary of McInerney Holdings plc which was established in Ireland in 1909.’
    • ‘The machinery at main branch on Cairo road was swept away by bailiffs to recover money owed to Luscold, a subsidiary of the Galaun holdings.’
    • ‘The Czech scientists allowed the licenses to be transferred to Alpenstock Holdings, a subsidiary of Alltracel.’
    • ‘Hilton's management agreement is with Walls Leisure Limited, a subsidiary of PJ Walls Holdings.’
    • ‘Hedlund's model involves the extreme extension of operating autonomy to business units in a group whether they are branch offices or subsidiaries.’
    • ‘Most public companies have a holding company and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘In the case of subsidiaries of large corporations, the holding company may require its subsidiaries to obtain its purchases from within the group.’
    • ‘According to Fortune, about 88 per cent of the operation was bought by the holding company through a Dutch subsidiary.’
    • ‘The United States now imposes certain firewalls on bank holding companies and their subsidiaries.’
    • ‘As a result of the reorganization, Pegasus Satellite will become a direct subsidiary of the new holding company.’
    • ‘These individuals are usually not recruited on the open market but are sent from subcontractors and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘This is intended to garner tax from foreign subsidiaries of the holding company domiciled in their respective countries.’
    • ‘Bank of Ireland is one of Elan's principal bankers and its broking subsidiary, J & E Davy, is the company's broker.’
    • ‘In recent years, the Fiat group has been making large investments in Maserati, which it controls through its Ferrari subsidiary.’
    subordinate company, wholly owned company
    branch, division, subdivision, section, part, dependency, peripheral, derivative, satellite, offshoot, wing, attachment, adjunct, appendage
    tributary
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    1. 1.1rare A thing that is of lesser importance than but related to something else.
      ‘Mozart follows his first theme by a crowd of subsidiaries’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense serving to help or supplement): from Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium support, assistance (see subsidy).

Pronunciation

subsidiary

/səbˈsidēˌerē/