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 But Newt Gingrich and other supplicants aren’t the ultimate targets here—except insofar as Trump might take cues from them and initiate another sneak attack on the man investigating him. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, He Should Be Impeached," 13 June 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 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 Of course, neither do Trump’s feelings particularly matter either – except insofar as his expressions of them warp the world of consequence. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Feelings overrated," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of insofar

1596, in the meaning defined above

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“Insofar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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