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Definition 31.13.12. Let $f : S' \to S$ be a morphism of schemes. Let $D \subset S$ be an effective Cartier divisor. We say the pullback of $D$ by $f$ is defined if the closed subscheme $f^{-1}(D) \subset S'$ is an effective Cartier divisor. In this case we denote it either $f^*D$ or $f^{-1}(D)$ and we call it the pullback of the effective Cartier divisor.

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