more or less


Definition of more or less

1 : to a varying or undetermined extent or degree : somewhat they were more or less willing to help
2 : with small variations : approximately contains 16 acres more or less

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Examples of more or less in a Sentence

the lot is 16 acres more or less most couples in the survey said that they were more or less happy in their marriage
Recent Examples on the Web The second is earningsplus, a calculation of how much more or less students from a particular college earn when compared to the weighted average of students from all colleges in that state. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 The academics then used surveys that follow people across lifetimes and generations to find out whether certain jobs were more or less likely to attract people from wealthy backgrounds than people with more humble roots. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Or whether Mo Bamba, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft who’ll be a restricted free agent, is more or less likely to return to Orlando. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 28 June 2022 The study’s goal was to see whether homicides were more or less likely to occur in homes with handguns. David Studdert, Time, 3 June 2022 The Association of Flight Attendants has more or less echoed the call, as have multiple news outlets. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 And the misadventures of Kwesi Kwayson, a touring musician who transports Melvin and Bernadette across Ghana, come more or less from Bazawule’s own experiences. New York Times, 26 June 2022 Now, with Biden having ramped up the fiscal 2022 refugee cap to 125,000, just keeping prior proportions more or less the same, the U.S. could resettle some 20,000 Ukrainians. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 And there have been some peaks and some valleys along the way, but more or less the y-axis — the uppy-downy measurement on a graph for those who didn’t like math — has stayed more-or-less the same. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of more or less

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

16 Aug 2022

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“More or less.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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