• Likely to be affected by or to experience something.
  • Conditional upon something; used with to.
  • Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
  • Placed under the power of another; owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state.


  • In a clause: the word or word group (usually a noun phrase) about whom the statement is made. In active clauses with verbs denoting an action, the subject and the actor are usually the same.
  • An actor; one who takes action.
  • The main topic of a paper, work of art, discussion, field of study, etc.
  • A particular area of study.
  • A citizen in a monarchy.
  • A person ruled over by another, especially a monarch or state authority.
  • The main theme or melody, especially in a fugue.
  • A human, animal or an inanimate object that is being examined, treated, analysed, etc.
  • A being that has subjective experiences, subjective consciousness, or a relationship with another entity.
  • That of which something is stated.
  • The variable in terms of which an expression is defined.



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  • From Middle English subget, from Old French suget, from Latin subiectus ("lying under or near, adjacent, also subject, exposed"), as a noun, subiectus, subiectum, past participle of subiciō, from sub + iaciō, as a calque of Ancient Greek ὑποκείμενον.
  • From Latin subiectus ("a subject, an inferior"), subiectum, past participle of subiciō, from sub + iaciō.
  • From Medieval Latin subiectō, iterative of subiciō, from sub + iaciō.

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