1) v. prune to reduce the size and ensuing growth of a branch in relation to other branches or leaders. 2) adj. dominated by other trees. branches. or parts; suppressed.

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subordinate (adjective)
1.
placed in or occupying a lower class, rank, or position - inferior a subordinate officer
2.
submissive to or controlled by authority
3.
a) of, relating to, or constituting a that functions as a noun, adjective, or adverb - clause
b) - subordinating
subordinate (noun)
one who stands in order or rank below another one that is subordinate
subordinate (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to make subject or subservient
2.
to treat as of less value or importance - stylist … whose crystalline prose subordinates content to form Susan Heath
subordinate (Wikipedia)

A hierarchy (from the Greek hierarkhia, "rule of a high priest", from hierarkhes, "president of sacred rites") is an arrangement of items (objects, names, values, categories, etc.) in which the items are represented as being "above", "below", or "at the same level as" one another. Hierarchy is an important concept in a wide variety of fields, such as philosophy, mathematics, computer science, organizational theory, systems theory, and the social sciences (especially political philosophy).

A hierarchy can link entities either directly or indirectly, and either vertically or diagonally. The only direct links in a hierarchy, insofar as they are hierarchical, are to one's immediate superior or to one of one's subordinates, although a system that is largely hierarchical can also incorporate alternative hierarchies. Hierarchical links can extend "vertically" upwards or downwards via multiple links in the same direction, following a path. All parts of the hierarchy which are not linked vertically to one another nevertheless can be "horizontally" linked through a path by traveling up the hierarchy to find a common direct or indirect superior, and then down again. This is akin to two co-workers or colleagues; each reports to a common superior, but they have the same relative amount of authority. Organizational forms exist that are both alternative and complementary to hierarchy. Heterarchy is one such form.

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