Meaning of COSMETIC in English
Cosmetics are substances such as lipstick or powder, which people put on their face to make themselves look more attractive.
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If you describe measures or changes as ~, you mean they improve the appearance of a situation or thing but do not change its basic nature, and you are usually implying that they are inadequate.
It is a ~ measure which will do nothing to help the situation long term...
Collins COBUILD. Толковый словарь английского языка для изучающих язык Коллинз COBUILD (международная база данных языков Бирмингемского университета) . 2012