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subsidiarity

noun [U] uk   /ˌsʌb.sɪd.iˈær.ɪ.ti/ us    /-er.ə.t̬i/ specialized
the principle that decisions should always be taken at the lowest possible level or closest to where they will have their effect, for example in a local area rather than for a whole countryPolitics
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