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more or less

adverb

Definition of more or less

  1. 1 :  to a varying or undetermined extent or degree :  somewhat <they were more or less willing to help>

  2. 2 :  with small variations :  approximately <contains 16 acres more or less>



Examples of more or less in a sentence

  1. <the lot is 16 acres more or less>

  2. <most couples in the survey said that they were more or less happy in their marriage>



13th Century

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13th century


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