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token

adjective [always before noun]
 
 
/ˈtəʊkən/
PERSON A token person is chosen so that an organization can pretend that they care about that type of person: a token woman The club has two token black members.Faking and pretendingOf little or less importance
ACTION A token action is small or unimportant and may show your future intentions or may only pretend to: He made a token effort to find a job.Of little or less importance
(Definition of token adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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