latter - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
adjective, pronoun 

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/ˈlætə(r)/
Latter can be used in the following ways:
as an adjective (only before a noun): the latter half of 1996He considered his students either geniuses or idiots, and I fell into the latter category.
as a pronoun (after ‘the’): Given a choice between Tahiti and Hawaii, I’d prefer the latter.
  1. 1
    formal used for referring to the second of two people, things, or groups that have just been mentioned

    He did well in both schoolwork and sport and won a number of medals in the latter (=in sport).

    Two treaties were signed, in 1990 and 1998, but only the latter agreement was considered valid.

    See also former1
  2. 2
    used for describing the later part of a period of time

    She maintained her interest in Latin during her latter years.

    Total profit was £550 million in the latter half of 2003.