Definition of top-down in English:

top-down

Syllabification: top-down

adjective

  • 1Denoting a system of government or management in which actions and policies are initiated at the highest level; hierarchical.
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    • Ties reinforced at the Grove manifest themselves in global trade meetings, party politics, campaign financing, and top-down democracy.
    • With production so close to home, the practice of trade is not top-down, mass-market, and imposed by corporate distribution systems.
    • There is no top-down hierarchy that can easily be disrupted, no carefully organised cell structure that resists but is ultimately vulnerable to covert subversion, no nation state that can be battered into submission.
  • 2Proceeding from the general to the particular: a top-down approach to research
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    • The top-down approach means testing general ideas of future direction against detailed options.
    • Taking a top-down approach already implies a categorisation attempt that is outside of the sphere of influence of the wiki contributors, which kind of counteracts the point of a wiki.
    • This claim is important to George because he is interested in dismantling a top-down approach wherein a theoretical model is brought to shed light on a literary text.
  • 2.1 Computing Working from the top or root of a treelike system toward the branches.
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    • Our battle is with the closed, top-down silo-oriented value system that has been with us since the dawn of the Industrial Age.
    • On the other hand, whereas the Cathedral thrives on monolithic management, the Linux project has neither top-down planning nor a central body vested with binding and enforcing authorities.
    • They make sense for a relatively homogeneous, top-down digital library development program.

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