Subaltern – meaning of the word and examples

Particular with reference to a related universal proposition. (Merriam – Webster)

A person holding a subordinate position. (Merriam – Webster)

A particular proposition that follows immediately from a universal. (Merriam – Webster)

An army officer whose rank is lower than captain. (Cambridge Dictionary)

An officer in the British army below the rank of captain, especially a second lieutenant. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Of lower status. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Lower in rank; subordinate. (

subaltern is an officer of middle rank in the British army. (Collins Dictionary)


The Subaltern Officer. — A Narrative.

Can the Subaltern Speak? Gayatri Spivak and Post-Colonialism.


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