in·​so·​far | \ ˌin-sə-ˈfär How to pronounce insofar (audio) \

Definition of insofar

: to such extent or degree

Examples of insofar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is okay, insofar as the objective of these sanctions is to deter Russia from taking further unacceptable actions in Eastern Europe or, for that matter, the 2018 midterm elections. Richard Nephew, Fortune, "Why New Sanctions Against Russia Might Not Actually Do Anything," 26 July 2017 Both Google My Business and Map Maker are a bit like Wikipedia, insofar as they are largely built and maintained by millions of contributors. David Segal, New York Times, "Fake Online Locksmiths May Be Out to Pick Your Pocket, Too," 30 Jan. 2016 The abundance of caution or sensitivity around releasing reports is understandable insofar as many European officials fear fueling the rise of reactionary parties and ethno-nationalist counter-crime. James Poulos, Orange County Register, "Violence not something that social media can easily tame," 22 Apr. 2017 The former is only an issue insofar as Goldman still sets off a Pavlovian response in the post-financial-crisis world— Bess Levin, The Hive, "Will Steven Mnuchin Bomb His Confirmation Hearing?," 17 Jan. 2017 Paterson, by contrast, seems reactive and, insofar as the movie is based on patterns of repetition, thoroughly predictable. Justin Chang, The Mercury News, "Adam Driver finds the poetry in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’," 4 Jan. 2017 There’s something inspired about dunking your new media in a breakfast cereal box, insofar as groggy consumers might rate high on the suggestibility index. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Net Surf: Odd Business Tactics," 7 Nov. 1997 None of the film was shot in Baltimore, at least insofar as the Maryland Film Commission is aware. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Tupac Shakur biopic includes brief stopover in Baltimore," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of insofar

1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Insofar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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