Subjection Sub*jec"tion, n. [L. subjectio: cf. OF. subjection, F. subj['e]tion. See {Subject}, a.] 1. The act of subjecting, or of bringing under the dominion of another; the act of subduing. [1913 Webster]

The conquest of the kingdom, and subjection of the rebels. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being subject, or under the power, control, and government of another; a state of obedience or submissiveness; as, the safety of life, liberty, and property depends on our subjection to the laws. ``To be bound under subjection.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands. --1 Peter iii. 1. [1913 Webster]

Because the subjection of the body to the will is by natural necessity, the subjection of the will unto God voluntary, we stand in need of direction after what sort our wills and desires may be rightly conformed to His. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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