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English definition of “terms of reference”

terms of reference

noun [plural]    
the areas, subjects, etc. that an organization or inquiry has been ordered to deal with: Many of these complaints fall outside the ombudsman's terms of reference.
(Definition of terms of reference noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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