if I may/might say so

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of if I may/might say so

used to express criticism or disagreement in a polite way
  • The whole affair—if I may say so—was a waste of time.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

may play
  1. : have the ability to

  2. : have permission to : be free to

  3. used in auxiliary function to express a wish or desire especially in prayer, imprecation, or benediction

  1. : maiden

  1. : the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar

  2. : the early vigorous blooming part of human life : prime

  3. : the festivities of May Day

might play
  1. : past tense of may

  2. used to express permission, liberty, probability, or possibility in the past

  3. used to say that something is possible

  1. : the power, authority, or resources wielded (as by an individual or group)

  2. : bodily strength

  3. : the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable

say play
  1. : to express in words : state

  2. : to state as opinion or belief : declare

  3. : utter, pronounce

  1. : something that is said : statement

  2. : an expression of opinion

  3. : a right or power to influence action or decision

  1. : about, approximately

  2. : for example : as


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