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  • 1A process or record of research into the development of a particular person, group, or situation over a period of time: the case study was undertaken over a period of two months through a series of visits to the school [as modifier]: case-study interviews
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    • Within an extended case-study research design framework, information is based on interviews with manufacturing firms and related organizations in British Columbia.
    • Such case-study research uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
    • In the present case-study report, we have demonstrated how induced sputum can assist in the evaluation and diagnosis of suspected occupational lung diseases.
  • 2A particular instance of something used or analysed in order to illustrate a thesis or principle: airline deregulation provides a case study of the effects of the internal market
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    • The case study also illustrates the level of distrust and fear felt by some users of message boards.
    • And the Netherlands provides a good case study of managing the geographical resources in the area.
    • For those contemplating a legislative grand gesture, France provides a sobering case study.

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