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English definition of “cosmetic”

cosmetic

adjective     /kɒzˈmetɪk/
APPEARANCE intended to improve your appearanceMake-up and skin care
SMALL CHANGE involving only small changes or improvements that will not solve a problem: Critics claimed that the changes were only cosmetic.Incomplete
(Definition of cosmetic adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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