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bottom–up

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adjective bot·tom–up \ˈbä-təm-ˈəp\

Simple Definition of bottom–up

  • : progressing upward from the lowest levels : controlled or directed from the lower levels

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bottom–up

  1. :  progressing upward from the lowest levels (as of a stratified organization or system) <bottom–up management>

1976

First Known Use of bottom–up

1976


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