Meaning of COSMETIC in English

COSMETIC

(~s)

1.

Cosmetics are substances such as lipstick or powder, which people put on their face to make themselves look more attractive.

N-COUNT: usu pl

2.

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...

= superficial

ADJ disapproval

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