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top-downadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌtɒpˈdaʊn/  us   /ˈtɑːp-/
used to refer to a ​situation in which ​decisions are made by a few ​people in ​authorityrather than by the ​people who are ​affected by the ​decisions: a top-down ​approach/​strategy
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top-downadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌtɒpˈdaʊn/  us   /ˈtɑːp-/ MANAGEMENT
starting from the ​highestlevels or from the most ​generalideas of an ​organization, ​system, ​plan, etc.: Staff were not happy with the top-down ​approach to managment of the new ​CEO. The attempt to ​impose top-down decisions was ​resisted at every ​level. This ​reportfollows a top-down ​model in its ​assessment of the problems we face.
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