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subject +‎ -hood


subjecthood (uncountable)

  1. The condition or state of being a subject.
    These gendered constructions of subjecthood are explored in more detail in Chapter two of this book.
  2. (linguistics) The condition or state of a word or expression, such as a noun phrase, being the subject of a sentence.
    • 1980 December, Peter Cole, Wayne Harbert, Gabriella Hermon & S. N. Sridhar, “The Acquisition of Subjecthood”, in Language[1], volume 56, number 4, pages 719-743:
      We are especially concerned here with the question of whether certain kinds of properties associated with subjecthood are acquired prior to other kinds of properties.
    • 1991, Croft, William, “Syntactic Methodology and Universal Grammar”, in Syntactic Categories and Grammatical Relations, →ISBN, page 11:
      One of the best-known examples of this method of argumentation applied to problems of universal grammar is the analysis of ergativity and subjecthood in Anderson (1976), a paper notable for its attention to data from a large number of languages and its continuing importance.
  3. (political science) The condition or state of a person being a subject of a nation or a monarch.
    • 1998, Vincenzi, Christopher, “From Subjecthood to Citizenship”, in Crown Powers, Subjects and Citizens, →ISBN, page 301:
      Subjecthood emphasizes obedience. Citizenship, on the other hand, recognizes moral obligations to other members of the community and emphasizes responsiveness and participation.
    • 2010, Banerjee, Sukanya, “Introduction”, in Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire, →ISBN, page 25:
      But that should not be confused or conflated with citizenship, for, according to Jebb, "citizenship includes subjecthood, but subjecthood does not include citizenship."