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treatment

noun     /ˈtriːtmənt/
[U] a way of behaving towards someone or something: equal/fair treatment for sb/sth The court order required equal treatment for female police department employees .preferential/special treatment for sb/sth The tax reform will end three decades of preferential treatment for foreign companies .treatment of sb/sth Their ethical range of meat products ensures the humane treatment of their farm animals .
[C or U] a way of dealing with something: Investors are refusing to sell in the face of punitive tax treatment. Changes in the treatment of capital gains are discussed in the report .
[C or U] PRODUCTION a process by which something is protected from damage or decay , cleaned , or made safe : a treatment facility/plant/system The city's sewage treatment plant has been overwhelmed by recent rains . Treatment of agricultural runoff is largely voluntary .
(Definition of treatment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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