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English definition of “top-down”

top-down

adjective [before noun]     /ˌtɒpˈdaʊn/ US  /ˈtɑːp-/
describes a situation in which decisions are made by a few people in authority rather than by the people who are affected by the decisions: a top-down approach/strategyDecisions and deciding
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