subject NOUN 1) a person or thing that is being discussed, studied, or dealt with. 2) a branch of knowledge studied or taught. 3) Grammar the word or words in a sentence that name who or what performs the action of the verb. 4) a member of a state owing allegiance to its monarch or supreme ruler. 5) Music a theme, leading phrase, or motif. 6) Philosophy a thinking or feeling entity; the conscious mind or ego.
ADJECTIVE (subject to) 1) likely or prone to be affected by (something bad). 2) dependent or conditional upon. 3) under the control or authority of.
ADVERB (subject to) conditionally upon.
VERB (usu. subject to) 1) cause to undergo. 2) bring under one's control or jurisdiction.
DERIVATIVES subjection noun.
ORIGIN from Latin subicere 'bring under' .

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