of, pertaining to, or originating with the common people, nonprofessionals, or the lower ranks of an organization: The five-day workweek was a bottom-up movement some business leaders and politicians finally supported. Unabridged
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from the lowest level of a hierarchy or process to the top: a bottom-up approach to corporate decision-making

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Example sentences
Therefore, the design may be iterate in general no matter it's bottom-up or
Also, some people believe that a bottom-up flash yields softer, foxier lighting.
What makes these images useful is that they can't be perceived using bottom-up
  sensory processes.
He argues that the problem, if it exists, will be solved by bottom-up
  innovation in energy technologies.
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