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adjective [always before noun]     defining pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    a defining event or moment is one that decides everything that happens afterwards

    We are at a defining moment in our history.

  2. 2
    a defining feature or characteristic is one that is completely typical of something and allows it to be identified

    Tagging is one of the defining characteristics of Web 2.0 services.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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