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- n. Plural form of subordinary.
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Minor geometric charges (subordinaries) are those which (except for the border) do not reach the edge of the shield; if used with an ordinary, the subordinary is placed on top.
Very few writers agree as to which are ordinaries and which subordinaries; nor does there seem any reason why any distinction between them should exist.