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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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Washington is comfortable on the perimeter, more or less a must for a big man playing in today’s NBA, can handle the ball and make plays for others., "Who could the Spurs take in the NBA Draft?," 15 June 2019 To many in the second half video more or less is the internet. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 Underlying their shifts from commerce to politics is the premise that the skills one develops in business translate more or less directly to the political realm. Ben Fountain, The New York Review of Books, "O Billionaires!," 23 May 2019 France is an independent country, more or less, and will become totally independent once again when the European Union is dissolved (the sooner, the better). John Cullen, Harper's magazine, "Donald Trump Is a Good President," 10 Jan. 2019 The subject of mental health has been more or less taboo across most fields, but today, the fashion industry is taking a step in the right direction. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Finally, a Holistic Approach to Combating Mental Health Issues in the Fashion Industry," 29 Aug. 2018 What is happening now is no different than how things have always been — more or less. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 Denmark: De Rød-Hvide is Danish for La Blanquirroja, more or less. Matt Bonesteel,, "Red Devils, Green Falcons and Super Eagles, oh my: A guide to World Cup nicknames," 14 June 2018 Programmatically, Hopkins finds, the party platforms are more or less the same everywhere. Lee Drutman, Vox, "America has local political institutions but nationalized politics. This is a problem.," 31 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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