ex·​ceed·​ing·​ly | \ ik-ˈsē-diŋ-lē How to pronounce exceedingly (audio) \
variants: or less commonly exceeding \ ik-​ˈsē-​diŋ How to pronounce exceedingly (audio) \

Definition of exceedingly

: to an extreme degree : extremely

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Examples of exceedingly in a Sentence

The weather was exceedingly cold. The crime rate is exceedingly high.
Recent Examples on the Web Groups such as the Brennan Center for Justice have found voter fraud is exceedingly rare. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Dissent by Justice Thomas in election case draws fire for revisiting baseless Trump fraud claims," 22 Feb. 2021 Energy plants, like those in Texas, don’t guard against events that are perceived to be exceedingly rare. Robert Rapier, Wired, "The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather," 22 Feb. 2021 But the only kind of fraud an ID requirement detects is voter impersonation, which is exceedingly rare in this state and is already a felony crime. Star Tribune, "Voter ID is back to haunt Minnesota democracy," 13 Feb. 2021 At the time, female physicists were exceedingly rare, and not always welcomed into the fold. New York Times, "Arianna Rosenbluth Dies at 93; Pioneering Figure in Data Science," 9 Feb. 2021 Some researchers immediately found problems with the study’s conclusions, pointing out that the sample of children who had become sick was exceedingly small. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning," 28 Sep. 2020 In less capable hands, Geller’s story might be too grim to read, as both her mother’s life and her own have been exceedingly difficult. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Dog Flowers’ traces a mother’s struggle and a daughter’s hope," 5 Feb. 2021 Recruiting new members was exceedingly difficult. . . . Erick Trickey, BostonGlobe.com, "Long before QAnon, Ronald Reagan and the GOP purged John Birch extremists from the party," 16 Jan. 2021 But Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials, who say mountain lion sightings — much less attacks — are exceedingly rare, disagreed. Dallas News, "Mountain lion mystery: Cause of man’s death still in dispute as Hood County officials close case," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of exceedingly

1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exceedingly was in 1535

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27 Feb 2021

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“Exceedingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exceedingly. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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ex·​ceed·​ing·​ly | \ ik-ˈsē-diŋ-lē How to pronounce exceedingly (audio) \

Kids Definition of exceedingly

: to a very great degree He's exceedingly happy.

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