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bottom-up

[ bot-uhm-uhp ]
/ ˈbɒt əm ˈʌp /
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adjective
of, relating to, or originating with the common people, nonprofessionals, or the lower ranks of an organization: The five-day workweek was a bottom-up movement that business leaders and politicians finally supported.
organized or proceeding from smaller, more detailed units to the larger, more general structure: His bottom-up approach to research involves immersing himself in communities to better understand the lives of local entrepreneurs.
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Origin of bottom-up

First recorded in 1930–35 as an adjective and in 1890–95 as an adverb, both deriving from the phrase “from the bottom up
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bottom-up

adjective
from the lowest level of a hierarchy or process to the topa bottom-up approach to corporate decision-making
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