the latter

Definition of the latter

  1. 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. 2 :  the last thing or person mentioned Of chicken, fish, and meat, I like the latter best.

  3. 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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  belonging to a subsequent time or period :  more recent

    :  of or relating to the end

    :  recent, present

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a trip made at another's expense

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