Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a hierarchical structure or process that progresses from a large, basic unit to smaller, detailed subunits.
  • adjective Commanded by or originating from ones having the highest rank.

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  • adjective of, or relating to a hierarchical system that progresses from a single, large basic unit to multiple, smaller subunits

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  • adjective of an approach to a problem that begins at the highest conceptual level and works down to the details

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Examples

  • Like the skills children develop playing "Simon Says," the skills children use to pay attention to what's happening in the present moment what they're feeling, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling right now are called 'top-down' attention control and come from focusing on the task at hand.

    Susan Kaiser Greenland: Ready for School? Executive Function = Success

  • Like the skills children develop playing "Simon Says," the skills children use to pay attention to what's happening in the present moment what they're feeling, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling right now are called 'top-down' attention control and come from focusing on the task at hand.

    Susan Kaiser Greenland: Ready for School? Executive Function = Success

  • For example, some students are described as top-down readers.

    A Mind at a Time

  • For example, some students are described as top-down readers.

    A Mind at a Time

  • In the argot of Wall Street, broad economic growth projections are called top-down forecasts because they incorporate a wide range of macroeconomic factors, like manufacturing output and the unemployment rate.

    NYT > Home Page

  • My experience in Tunis has taught me that the U.S. should reexamine its diplomatic approach: one that challenges the notion of top-down diplomacy and includes youth in the dialogue.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • In those days the Democrats were still very much a top-down party, with the White House wielding enormous influence.

    The Good Fight

  • In those days the Democrats were still very much a top-down party, with the White House wielding enormous influence.

    The Good Fight

  • In those days the Democrats were still very much a top-down party, with the White House wielding enormous influence.

    The Good Fight

  • * Even then, the Archdiocese acts more like a government than a private actor, in that it can issue top-down commands to integrate, even if many individual parishioners would have personally disagreed.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Public Opinion, Anti-Discrimination Law, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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