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Etymology 1[edit]

Compare Latin subactio a working up, discipline.


subaction (plural subactions)

  1. (obsolete) The act of reducing to any state, as of mixing two bodies completely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

sub- +‎ action


subaction (plural subactions)

  1. An action that makes up part of a more complex action.
    • 2012, Timothy O'Connor, Constantine Sandis, A Companion to the Philosophy of Action
      This is so because efforts, exertions, and endeavorings, if they were to exist, would need to be actions themselves, or parts of actions, or subactions or behaviors of some sort []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for subaction in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)