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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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The rents appear to be roughly comparable with downtown Fort Lauderdale’s luxury Icon Las Olas, which at 455 feet and 43 stories rises more or less to Panorama’s mid-section. David Lyons,, "At 85 stories, Miami's Panorama Tower offers tenants stunning views, lofty monthly rents," 2 July 2018 In 2012, as unemployment remained high, voters passed an initiative to phase out the 1.5 percent payroll tax in favor of a gross receipts tax that covers more or less all corporate income. Roland Li,, "As Silicon Valley looks to tax tech, San Francisco has lightened its load," 2 July 2018 All of which appears to have been more or less fine with his fellow owners in the National Football League. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Toothless Investigation Slaps Jerry Richardson on the Wrist," 28 June 2018 At the time, most people considered calculus to be important because of its utility in physics, and contemporary calculus books were more or less collections of problems in applied mathematics. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The 18th-Century Lady Mathematician Who Loved Calculus and God," 16 May 2018 This, more or less, is what happened for Londoners John Pearse and Florence Nicaise Pearse. Paola Singer, ELLE Decor, "In an Expat Enclave of Rural Uruguay, a Couple Finds Tranquility at Home," 1 Dec. 2018 The style of Jinyoung's hair is also more or less the same from era to era. Devon Abelman, Allure, "See K-Pop Group GOT7's Best Hair and Makeup Looks from the New "Lullaby" Music Video," 17 Sep. 2018 The result is more or less the same: Green, at the moment of the catch, is able to scan the entire defense for overextension. Rob Mahoney,, "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Golden State Terrorized Cleveland at the Rim," 7 June 2018 This Japanese brush is more or less exactly the same as when it was first introduced to Japanese households more than 100 years ago. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "This Japanese Scrubbing Brush Makes Washing Dishes a Total Joy," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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