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latter

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/ ˈlæt ər /
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adjective

being the second mentioned of two (distinguished from former): I prefer the latter offer to the former one.
more advanced in time; later: in these latter days of human progress.
near or comparatively near to the end: the latter part of the century.
Obsolete. last1; final.

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Origin of latter

First recorded before 1000; Middle English latt(e)re, Old English lætra, comparative of læt late

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH latter

1. later, latter 2. ladder, latter
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British Dictionary definitions for latter

latter
/ (ˈlætə) /

adjective (prenominal)

  1. denoting the second or second mentioned of two: distinguished from former
  2. (as noun; functioning as sing or plural)the latter is not important
near or nearer the endthe latter part of a film
more advanced in time or sequence; later

usage for latter

The latter should only be used to refer to the second of two items: many people choose to go by hovercraft rather than use the ferry, but I prefer the latter. The last of three or more items can be referred to as the last-named
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