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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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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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For one thing, much of its programming more or less remains intact, even if the hosts have changed throughout the decades. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise of the American news desert," 9 May 2018 The current ban, by contrast, is more or less permanent. NBC News, "Trump travel ban returns to U.S. Supreme Court," 24 Apr. 2018 Though over the next century much about medicine has changed, the black and white images of teeth and tumors have remained more or less the same. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 The Lakers move is coming after a year in which LeBron was more or less universally celebrated as this generation's version of Jordan. Andrew Sharp,, "The Risks and Rewards of LeBron James on the Lakers," 2 July 2018 Then came competition, a different group of civic leaders who gained a charter to organize the University of Kansas City, more or less a secular junior college. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Before UMKC, there were dreams of a Lincoln and Lee university," 15 June 2018 In turn, Hall of Fame officials have decided to more or less pretend that the former wide receiver is not, in fact, a member of their Class of 2018. Des Bieler,, "Hall of Fame to answer Terrell Owens' snub by refusing to announce his induction," 13 July 2018 Pincus and a leading fertility doctor named John Rock more or less stumbled upon the idea behind the Pill while searching for an infertility treatment. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 But one threat has more or less flown under the radar: Some reefs lack enough bird poop. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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