the latter


Definition of the latter

1 : the second one of two things or people that have been mentioned Of these two options, the former is less expensive, while the latter is less risky.
2 : the last thing or person mentioned Of chicken, fish, and meat, I like the latter best.
3 : the thing or person that has just been mentioned The President—or, if the latter is too busy, the Vice President—will see you shortly.

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“The latter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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