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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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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 Las Gemelas, more or less, adopts a philosophy that has been rooted in fine dining since day one: Chef knows best. Washington Post, "Taqueria Las Gemelas wants to give you one perfect bite, and it often does," 19 Apr. 2021 The quality line between HBO and HBO Max has been a bit blurry lately with them more or less merging, but this seems to be quite low for them on either front. Paul Tassi, Forbes, "Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’ On HBO Is Getting Skewered By Critics And Fans Alike," 12 Apr. 2021 Is the United States, for example, more or less miserable than other countries? Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Hanke’s 2020 Misery Index: Who’s Miserable and Who’s Happy?," 14 Apr. 2021 Yet political and business leaders in Tokyo are uneasy at being enlisted in public confrontation with China, holding out hope for a modus operandi that would restrain Beijing’s military but keep lucrative trade more or less untouched. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Biden’s China Rhetoric Makes Japan Uneasy," 14 Apr. 2021 The tepid support also surely reflected the fact that Biden’s decision went against the Washington consensus, which had continued, more or less, since the later Bush years and through the, Obama and Trump Presidencies. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals," 14 Apr. 2021 Oregon’s weekend rotation is more or less etched in stone, but its midweek pitching has been done by committee. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Why Oregon baseball is treating final midweek meeting with Portland as must-win," 14 Apr. 2021 Other studies indicate that the nutrition levels in industrial-farm eggs are more or less the same as that of pasture-raised. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Ask Amy Drew: Free range egg yolks are so orange! What gives?," 13 Apr. 2021 We are tasked with questioning when it’s safe, more or less, to be unguarded, and since Amira’s food is her art, there are plenty of fragile emotions to play with. Los Angeles Times, "A video game celebrates Ramadan through food and explores personal boundaries," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of more or less

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“More or less.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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