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Below you will find the definition of latter, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)
EXAMPLES - Latter in a Sentence
- Republicans believe that only the latter is a stimulus. (source)
- By its terms the latter pledged itself to advance a loan of (source)
- I call the latter virtues in a writer, because they make him write in earnest. (source)
- Plumacher termed the latter problems "minor errors of ignorance and stupidity." (source)
- For the most part, this latter translates to choosing items from a contextual menu. (source)
- If my read of my neighbors plate is accurate, the latter translates as cold hash browns. (source)
- Luckily for us lazy Linux geeks the latter is automagically put in if you use tab auto-completion. (source)
- Furthermore, if the latter is the case then other retailers are benefitting from Wal Mart's higher tax payments. (source)
- This latter is short and thick-set, so much so as not to be easily ridden by short persons without high stirrups. (source)
- * It's easier to prove a global warming trend than "changing the climate" since the latter is a convoluted concept. (source)
- The latter is short-sighted: Drug development has slowed to a near standstill-down by about percent since the 1980s. (source)
- Though there are notable parallels between Species and Splice, the latter is an infinitely better film, on every level. (source)
- The latter is short and not very happy, beginning with a rather feeble following of Xavier de Maistre,  continuing with stock (source)
- #Haiti but we call the latter cross-chatter-information that's related to the event, but not to the current conversation about that event. (source)
- One of the latter is a stone post embellished with writhing dragons, a monument from Khubilai Khan's celebrated "stately pleasure dome" in Xanadu: (source)
- Trask examines the difference between a vision and a fantasy: while the former tends to recur and has "magnetic pull;" the latter is shorter-lived. (source)
- When you say, Protagoras, that things inexpedient are good, do you mean inexpedient for man only, or inexpedient altogether? and do you call the latter good? (source)
- The latter is Maltese in form; and has on it, besides the initials of the Latin inscription on the Saviour's cross, I.N.R.I., the Moray star, and other symbols. (source)
- If we must lay down a rule, let us entitle the latter kind of statement predication, and the former not predication at all, or not strict but accidental predication. (source)
- Im not your enemy is Show Me Love [or else its Im not your first - too early to think I laugh out loud at this because it is so hilarious] and the latter is Russian only. (source)
- One example of the latter is a crisis of belief which is well known in many places today, namely the lack of belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. (source)
- Colonel Le Noir had been a silent but frowning spectator of this little scene, and now that Clara was leaving the room, attended by Mrs. Rocke, he called the latter back, saying: (source)
- Ergo, the latter is the better measure about what people think about the criminal behavior of Bush administration officials, and about what the government should do moving forward. (source)
- The Hindu understood that Dyaus ( "the bright one") meant the sky, and Sarama ( "the creeping one") the dawn, and spoke significantly when he called the latter the daughter of the former. (source)
- He tells me how my Lady Duchess of Richmond and Castlemaine had a falling out the other day; and she calls the latter Jane Shore, and did hope to see her come to the same end that she did. (source)
- Ennodius calls the latter a gestatoria sedes; throughout the Middle Ages it was always brought on 22 February from the above-mentioned consignatorium or place of confirmation to the high altar. (source)
- You seem to be confusing Congress exercising direct willpower over the world versus merely exercising direct willpower over itself, and the latter is actually something it can straightforwardly do. (source)
- Frobisher's head at what he termed the latter's "tomfoolery", and, going down upon one knee, seized first one and then the other of Frobisher's feet, removed the bandages from them, and then thrust on the boots. (source)
- It pains one's heart to see the shirking of work, the slipping away into the bush for a sleep, and the roasting of maize and palm-nuts -- 'ground-pigs' fare, 'they call the latter -- whenever an opportunity occurs. (source)
- I could point out the distinction between "task cohesion" and "social cohesion," adding that while the latter is affected by allowing openly gay and lesbian servicemembers, the former is not and it is the only factor that actually influences unit effectiveness. (source)
- With (500) Days, Sin Nombre and A Serious Man in competition, Precious really didn't deserve to win either best film or best director (the latter is a total joke, the directing was by far the weakest part of the movie, I mean, compare that to the job that the Coens did) (source)
- The only difference between the Indian and the Cape Ratel is, that the grey cloak of the latter has a conspicuous white border which is wanting in the Indian species; the tail also of the latter is shorter, otherwise they are the same, and were for a long time considered the same. (source)
- At last Torcy was so annoyed with the interference of Chamillart, that he called the latter to account for it, and made him sign an agreement by which he bound himself to enter into no negotiations for peace and to mix himself in no foreign affairs; and so this absurdity came to an end. (source)
- The latter regarded the former as inftru - ments of power* wifliing ro pay their court to the Mother Countiyf by curbing the fpirit of American freedom* and the fornex kept a flridl eye on the latter* left they might fmooth the way to independency* at which they were charged, with aiming. (source)
- "We're all on the same page now," Toskala told reporters today when the Leafs made the double announcement of the surgery and the acquisition of Gerber, The latter is short-term insurance for Toskala's recovery and for rookie Justin Pogge, in case he experiences more growing pains next season. (source)
- Romney's reluctance and McCain's embrace of the loan guarantees are something of a reversal from the Michigan presidential primary back in January, which then-GOP presidential contender Romney won while criticizing McCain for what he called the latter's excessive pessimism about the industry's prospects. (source)
- During the time the Spaniards were with the Indians, they found that the latter repeated the Spanish words with great facility, and by signs the Spaniards asked the Indians to go on board the packet boat, but the Indians, also by signs, signified that until the Spaniards should visit their village, they could not go on board. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "latter" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 14 synonyms for latter.
closing, eventual, final, following, hindmost, lag, last, last-mentioned, later, modern, rearmost, recent, second, terminal
We have 9 antonyms for latter.
beginning, earliest, first, former, initial, introductory, opening, preceding, starting
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of latter from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Being the second of two persons or things mentioned: Between captain and major, the latter is the higher rank. See Usage Note at former2.
- (adjective) Near or nearer to the end: the latter part of the book.
- (adjective) Further advanced in time or sequence; later: a style that has been revived in latter times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) relating to or being the second of two items
- (adjective) near (or nearer) to the end
- (adjective) close (or closer) to the present time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Later; more recent; coming or happening after something else; -- opposed to
- (adjective) Of two things, the one mentioned second.
- (adjective) Recent; modern.
- (adjective) Last; latest; final.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Later; more advanced or more recent; nearer to the close or to the present time: as, the latter part of the day, or of one's life; in these latter days.
- (None) Coming after another person or thing in consideration or relation; being the second of two or of a dual division in order of existence or of mention: opposed to former: as, I prefer the latter proposition to the former.
- (None) Last; latest; final.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned (or the last one or ones of several)
- (noun) the second of two or the second mentioned of two