terms of reference

noun phrase

: a description of what must be dealt with and considered when something is being done, studied, etc.
The terms of reference for the committee are narrow and specific.

Examples of terms of reference in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Participants could propose different models as terms of reference. Matthew Duss, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023 The terms of reference made public in July excluded historic actions. Fox News, 26 Sep. 2023 Stephens added that a team comprising Deloitte partner Simon Cuerden, BBC COO Leigh Tavaziva and senior independent director Nick Serota will publish terms of reference on Thursday ahead of an inquiry. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 July 2023 Under the resolution, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres must present terms of reference for the new institution within 80 working days and take steps to speedily establish the body and put it in operation. Edith M. Lederer, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2023

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“Terms of reference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terms%20of%20reference. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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