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 The following year, the two countries signed what amounted to a digital truce, one that more or less held fast throughout the remainder of the Obama administration. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How 4 Chinese Hackers Allegedly Took Down Equifax," 10 Feb. 2020 Trump wholly converted to the causes of the Second Amendment and the pro-life movement, more or less picks his judges from the Federalist Society All-Star team, and raises funds and does rallies for Republican candidates down-ticket. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The Democratic Party Fails Its Voters," 6 Feb. 2020 The crowdsourced data system more or less seems to work for millions of drivers worldwide. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "How to virtually block a road: Take a walk with 99 phones," 3 Feb. 2020 Physicists more or less understand how the star’s fusion furnace heats bubbles and sends them up to spill open on the surface, as well as how the wispy atmosphere streams outward. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These close-up photos of the sun could help us forecast space weather," 31 Jan. 2020 BrightHouse continues to function as a marketing consultancy, and for the most part, the whole idea was more or less ignored for some time. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Don’t panic, but companies are harvesting data straight from your brain," 30 Jan. 2020 If this competition is more or less good-natured, then don’t discourage it. BostonGlobe.com, "Backyard ‘Battle of the Sexes’ carries some risk - The Boston Globe," 7 Oct. 2019 If this competition is more or less good-natured, then don't discourage it. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Backyard ‘Battle of the Sexes’ carries some risk," 7 Oct. 2019 If this competition is more or less good-natured, then don’t discourage it. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Backyard ‘Battle of the Sexes’ carries some risk," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“More or less.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/more%20or%20less. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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