Definition - What does Subordinate mean?
Subordinate is something that is under something else. In terms of real estate, there can be subordinate clauses or terms within a sale of a property or within another part of the transaction. In a debt sense, a subordinate debt would take place after other debts and a home loan is usually not subordinate to other loans. Whichever is listed as the subordinate, the rights of that subject or person would come after the primary debt or person.
Justipedia explains Subordinate
In all ways that the term is used, subordinate always means something ranking as less than something else.