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cosmetic

adjective
 
 
/kɒzˈmetɪk/
used to describe a small change, etc. that is made in order to make something seem better than it was before, and that does not really affect its basic character: We are committed to addressing the root causes of our problems rather than making only short-term cosmetic changes.
relating to a substance or treatment that is used to improve someone's appearance: The popularity of cosmetic surgery continues to soar.
(Definition of cosmetic adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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