Sub*sid"i*a*ry (?), a. [L. subsidiarius: cf. F. subsidiaire. See Subsidy.]


Furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary; especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity; as, a subsidiary stream.

Chief ruler and principal head everywhere, not suffragant and subsidiary. Florio.

They constituted a useful subsidiary testimony of another state of existence. Coleridge.


Of or pertaining to a subsidy; constituting a subsidy; being a part of, or of the nature of, a subsidy; as, subsidiary payments to an ally.

George the Second relied on his subsidiary treaties. Ld. Mahon.


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Sub*sid"i*a*ry, n.; pl. Subsidiaries ().

One who, or that which, contributes aid or additional supplies; an assistant; an auxiliary.



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