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English definition of “policymaker”


noun [C] (also policy-maker)    /ˈpɑl·ə·siˌmeɪ·kər/
a member of a government department , legislature , or other organization who is responsible for making new rules , laws , etc.: U.S. policymakers are forced to make hard choices between national security and domestic priorities . policymaking (also policy-making)    /ˈpɑl·ə·siˌmeɪ·kɪŋ/ noun [U] The Bundesbank said Thursday its policy-making council left the German discount rate unchanged .
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