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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 & Antonyms for more or less


about, approximately, around, like, much, near, plus or minus, roughly, say, some


exactly, precisely

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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

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Yep, we humans have been figuring out ways to get it on without getting pregnant since, more or less, the beginning of time. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 In my first session, Mr. Drogoszewski actually began with, more or less, a nap as a warm-up. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, "How to Recover Like an Elite Athlete," 9 July 2018 Now known as the Daniel M. Soref Dome Theater & Planetarium, the facility is, more or less, back to the original idea: a planetarium. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee once tried to launch its own space center. It never took off.," 12 June 2018 Er Fu Zhong more or less has no plastic waste, other than milk and sour yogurt cartoons. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 On the other hand, some observers have suggested that Sanders has the policy positions of, more or less, a New Deal Democrat. Julia Azari, Vox, "Do Americans avoid ideology?," 1 June 2018 Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to Sonia. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 15 May 2018 What's great about her comeback is that she's been in this cave for a long time; maybe a week, more or less? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Star Breaks Down Her Action-Packed Comeback: "The Stakes Are High"," 14 May 2018 Typically magma rises straight up, more or less, through a container of the volcano’s solid rock. Wendell Duffield, Scientific American, "How Kilauea’s Lava Invades Neighborhoods," 8 May 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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