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A species which may appear more abundant at particular times of the year than the true dominant in a climax; for example, in a savannah trees and shrubs are more conspicuous than the grasses, which are the true dominants.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in music, one of the three harmonic functions; also, the chord situated a fifth below the tonic and indicated by S. The basis of the subdominant chord is the fourth degree of a scale, which is itself called the subdominant. Chords based on the second and sixth degrees also have subdominant functions. The subdominant gravitates more to the tonic than does the dominant because it contains the tonic’s basic tone. The alternation of subdominants and dominants most clearly defines a scale’s gravitation. The tonality of a tonic’s subdominant is called the subdominant key.

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17-18 yields dominant to subdominant to mediant to dominant seventh in second inversion to tonic, creating smooth voice leading between the root position triad and the inverted seventh chord, and prolonging the dominant function until its resolution to tonic.
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In essence this study views the societal dominant racial culture as the locally subdominant racial culture, and thus CRT fits as an appropriate theoretical framework.