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Subordinate; aiding. A legal proceeding that is not the primary dispute but which aids the judgment rendered in or the outcome of the main action. A descriptive term that denotes a legal claim, the existence of which is dependent upon or reasonably linked to a main claim.

For example, a plaintiff wins a judgment for a specified sum of money against a defendant in a Negligence action. The defendant refuses to pay the judgment. The plaintiff begins another proceeding for a writ of attachment so that the judgment will be satisfied by the sale of the defendant's property seized under the writ. The attachment proceeding is ancillary, or subordinate, to the negligence suit. An ancillary proceeding is sometimes called an ancillary suit or bill.

A claim for Alimony is an ancillary claim dependent upon the primary claim that there are sufficient legal grounds for a court to grant a Divorce.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ANCILLARY. That which is subordinate on, or is. subordinate to, some other decision. Encyc. Lond. 1

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Since these ancillaries play an important role in Punjab's industrial scenario and their performance has rarely been analysed, hence the present study has been undertaken and requires special attention.
2006-07 and 2008-09, there are 61 micro, 23 small and 14 medium ancillaries.
Table-1 reveals that medium ancillaries have higher efficiency scores than the small and micro ancillaries.
It is also clear that medium size ancillaries are scale efficient in both periods i.e.
On the basis of exclusive linkages of ancillaries with the parent firm, the sample of 98 firms is divided into two parts: (a) firms having exclusive ties 55 (56.12 percent) with RCF Kapurthala i.e.
Technical assistance from parent firm to captive ancillaries (entirely dependent on the parent firm) is very small and of low level.
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First, medium ancillaries show superior performance in terms of efficiency than the micro and small ancillaries.
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(2) Component ancillarisation:--Under component ancillarisation the parent firm manufactures those component which require by ancillaries. Marketing and after-sales-services are also performed by parent firm(s) (Nagraj, 1984).