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Definition of "subsidiarity" [subsidiarity]

  • The principle that government power ought to reside at the lowest feasible level (i.e. at the local or regional level, instead of the national or supranational level, unless the latter presents clear advantages) (noun)

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Use "subsidiarity" in a sentence
  • "The initial inquiry in subsidiarity is always, At what level can this problem be solved?"
  • "The initial inquiry in subsidiarity is always, “At what level can this problem be solved?”"
  • "The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to certain forms of centralization, bureaucratization, and welfare assistance and to the unjustified and excessive presence of the State in public mechanisms."