An employee ranked below another employee in terms of seniority or office hierarchy.

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  • It is important for a subordinate to respect his boss, as the boss usually has more education and experience in a field than his subordinate.

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  • The new hire vowed to be a subordinate to his manager for only a brief period of time because he had dreams of moving beyond his lowly rank into a more prestigious position.

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  • He decided to bite his tongue and not say anything knowing he was a his boss' subordinate and didn't want to run the risk of getting fired

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