I'm referring to military forces subduing another group of military forces. Subduction is what I initially thought of but that specifically refers to the geological process involving tectonic plates. I'm trying to say that "the ... (act of subduing) the x guard was legitimate and legal" but was hoping for a word (like subduction except it doesn't mean what I want it to mean) instead of a phrase. Thank you!

  • What specific sense of subdue are you thinking of? Several could fit, even when talking about military forces. Don't just say act of subduing. Describe it differently, such as with a synonym for the sense you want. – Jason Bassford May 8 at 4:01
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    In fact, if you look at synonyms for subdue, you'll find many words that could fit whatever sense you mean and also be turned into nouns. – Jason Bassford May 8 at 4:09
  • You can use the verbal noun "subduing" - The subduing of the Red Guard was legitimate and legal". – Greybeard Jun 9 at 11:18


  • the action of bringing someone or something under domination or control.
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"Subordination" is an act.


: placement in a lower class, rank, or position : the act or process of subordinating someone or something or the state of being subordinated.

//The price is individual subordination to the group and limited autonomy of the nuclear family.— Corinne N. Nydegger

//After 1688, as before, the message was one of subordination to divinely constituted authority, whether of kings or of one's social superiors.— Richard W. Davis

Since 1595, according to https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subordination


subordinate (Entry 3 of 3) transitive verb

1: to make subject or subservient. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subordinate#h3

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