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of, relating 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.
Contemporary Examples

Republicans Push Back as Rove Aims to Appoint Himself Kingmaker Lloyd Green February 9, 2013
Trying to Identify the Next Far-Right Extremist Before He Shoots Eliza Shapiro August 9, 2012
SNL’s Kenan Thompson and the Invisible Black Women of Comedy Tricia Romano October 16, 2013
Life In Common Yehudah Mirsky July 1, 2012
What the Chileans Did Right John Kao October 13, 2010
Why Business Hates Obama Joel Kotkin July 14, 2010

Historical Examples

The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
Sinking of the Titanic Various
The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893 Various

from the lowest level of a hierarchy or process to the top: a bottom-up approach to corporate decision-making


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