Sub*al"tern (?), a. [F. subalterne, LL. subalternus, fr. L. sub under + alter the one, the other of two. See Alter.]

1.

Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior; specifically Mil., ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain; as, a subaltern officer.

2. Logic

Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.

Subaltern genus. Logic See under Genus.

 

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Sub*al"tern (?), n.

1.

A person holding a subordinate position; specifically, a commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.

2. Logic

A subaltern proposition.

Whately.

 

© Webster 1913.

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