noun Date: 1936 1. the quality or state of being subsidiary 2. a principle in social organization: functions which subordinate or local organizations perform effectively belong more properly to them than to a dominant central organization

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  • subsidiarity —    A description of a political system in which the functions of government are carried out at the lowest appropriate level for efficient administration – at the closest level possible to the people affected by the decision; the idea that each… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

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  • subsidiarity — noun The principle that government power ought to reside at the lowest feasible level (i.e. at the local or regional level, instead of the national or supranational level, unless the latter presents clear advantages) …   Wiktionary

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