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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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Synonyms for more or less


about, all but, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh

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the lot is 16 acres more or less most couples in the survey said that they were more or less happy in their marriage

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However, after Mikimoto Kokichi invented the perfectly spherical cultured pearl in 1893, the market for real pearls eventually waned and then more or less crashed with the stock market in 1929. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 Since then, her face has healed, as the scar is more or less undetectable. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Shared a Glowing Makeup-Free Selfie and Fans Are in Awe," 1 Apr. 2019 The encoding scheme can get complicated, but more or less, photons oriented in one direction represent 1, while ones oriented in another direction represent 0. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Quantum Mechanics Could Solve Cryptography’s Random Number Problem," 11 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, private equity is more or less getting off scot-free. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Real Retail Killer," 28 Mar. 2018 Some stretch more than 150 miles, and in some the distance is unspecified, but athletes must run more or less continuously for long periods. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Donald Ritchie, Record-Breaking Ultrarunner, Is Dead at 73," 1 July 2018 While some American technology companies have taken more or less principled stands on the Chinese market because of the ethical dilemmas the government poses, American technology companies still made more than $100 billion there last year. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Bad Is Facebook’s New China Problem?," 6 June 2018 Ideal government, of which the Constitution is a more or less perfect expression, derives from the need to adjudicate between two parties claiming, using, or defending their rights or property when one or more isn’t acting in good faith. James Pogue, Outside Online, "The Religious Ideology Driving the Bundy Brothers," 14 May 2018 Each newsroom could negotiate with Civil to determine what the precise balance would be: more or less cash, along with a corresponding amount of more or fewer tokens. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of more or less

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of more or less was in the 13th century

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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