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Examples of iota in a Sentence
there's not an iota of doubt regarding the defendant's guilt
Recent Examples of iota from the Web
Trump has not moderated his behavior one iota since becoming president.
The Trump apprenticeship initiative will not move the top-line labor market measures one iota -- 1 million apprenticeships pales in comparison with the 159 million in the civilian labor force.
Uniloc seems to have searched for every iota of Google's business activity in a large state and thrown it into its lawsuit.
With daily statements, the detractors (Pelosi, Schumer, Kane, Clinton, mainstream media, et. al.) have Trump tried and convicted without one iota of evidence.
Because regular therapy hasn’t improved Farrah and Debra’s relationship even one iota, Farrah has arranged for the two to visit a hypnotherapist, who will grant them their wildest desires.
In what parallel universe does this make one iota of sense?
The Fringe Factor: There’s not an iota of political correctness to be seen — but that’s refreshing.
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iota and Jot
The words iota and jot share a lot more than just a common meaning—both ultimately derive from the same word. When Latin scholars transcribed the Greek name of the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet, they spelled it as either iota or jota (the letters i and j were simply variants of each other), and these spellings eventually passed into English as iota and jot. Since the Greek letter iota is the smallest letter of its alphabet, both words eventually came to be used in reference to very small things.
Origin and Etymology of iota
Latin, from Greek iōta, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew yōdh yod
First Known Use: 1542See Words from the same year
IOTA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of iota for English Language Learners
: a very small amount
IOTA Defined for Kids
Definition of iota for Students
: a tiny amount I don't care an iota.
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