The noun subordinate means someone who has a lower or less important position in an organization.

Synonyms are junior, inferior, sub, or secondary.

The word origins from Medieval Latin (mid-15th century) subordinatus meaning “placed in a lower order, made subject”, past participle of subordinare meaning “place in a lower order”. It comes from Latin sub meaning “under” plus ordinare meaning “arrange, set in order”, from ordo meaning “row, rank, series, arrangement”.

My subordinates are very polite.

Children are subordinates to the parents.

He has to convince his subordinates to submit the files earlier.