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Noun: subsidiarity  ,súb,si-di'er-i-tee or sub,si-di'er-i-tee [N. Amer], ,súb,si-di'a-ri-tee or sub,si-di'a-ri-tee [Brit]
  1. Secondary importance
    - subordinateness
  2. The principle that things that should be handled by the most local level of administration possible; central high-level government should only be involved in handling things that cannot be dealt with effectively on a more local level

Derived forms: subsidiarities

Type of: inferiority, lower rank, lower status

Encyclopedia: Subsidiarity