Subsidiary Sub*sid"i*a*ry, a. [L. subsidiarius: cf. F. subsidiaire. See {Subsidy}.] 1. Furnishing aid; assisting; auxiliary; helping; tributary; especially, aiding in an inferior position or capacity; as, a subsidiary stream. [1913 Webster]

Chief ruler and principal head everywhere, not suffragant and subsidiary. --Florio. [1913 Webster]

They constituted a useful subsidiary testimony of another state of existence. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

George the Second relied on his subsidiary treaties. --Ld. Mahon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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