more or less

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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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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 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, orlandosentinel.com, "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 Her acceptance among the cultural elite has more or less been predicated on her monetary success and proximity to her partner (see: the joint Vogue cover). Katie Rothstein, Vulture, "In Artist Cory Arcangel’s Latest Show, Kim Kardashian Provides the Material," 12 Apr. 2021 The 11-season tragicomedy ended on Sunday night with almost no closure, even as the episodes prior to the finale led viewers to believe everything would more or less wrap up. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Shameless’ ending was more of the same," 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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The first known use of more or less was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

18 Apr 2021

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“More or less.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/more%20or%20less. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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