subaltern

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus, from alter.

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subaltern (comparative more subaltern, superlative most subaltern)

  1. Of a lower rank or position; inferior or secondary; especially (military) ranking as a junior officer, below the rank of captain.
    a subaltern officer
  2. (logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.

Noun[edit]

subaltern (plural subalterns)

  1. a subordinate
  2. (UK) a commissioned officer having a rank below that of captain; a lieutenant or second lieutenant
  3. (logic) A subaltern proposition; a proposition implied by a universal proposition. For example, some crows are black is a subaltern of all crows are black.

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