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noun [C] (RANGE)    /ˈspek.trəm/ (plural spectra or spectrums)
C1 a range of opinions , feelings , etc.: He has support from across the whole political spectrum. The group includes students from both ends of the social spectrum (= range of social classes ). A wide spectrum of opinion was represented at the meeting .Range and limits
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