most·ly | \ ˈmōst-lē \

Definition of mostly 

: for the greatest part : mainly

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Examples of mostly in a Sentence

the weather this month has been mostly mild

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Inside, there was the hectic, confused energy of a field hospital run mostly by non-doctors. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Last month, the court’s conservative majority upheld the administration’s ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim-majority countries, citing the executive branch’s discretion over national security. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Won’t Stop Executive Overreach," 11 July 2018 There's a 35% chance of precipitation in the early evening hours, but the race should finish under mostly cloudy skies with tempeartures in the high 70s. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more," 7 July 2018 Fully 96% of children in the OECD club of mostly rich countries attend secondary school through to the age of 16; in poor countries the share is just 35%. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 The bidding was fierce and done mostly by women who raised their placards with practiced nonchalance. Ramin Mostaghim,, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018 The poll also found 49 percent of voters approved the court’s decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban from five mostly Muslim countries while 46 percent disapprove. Hayley Harding,, "Americans Are Strongly In Favor of Roe V. Wade, Quinnipiac Poll Finds," 2 July 2018 Trump’s first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, helped uphold the president’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries this week. Washington Post, "Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric," 29 June 2018 Mercer Vine quickly established itself as one of the hottest outlets in L.A., but did so mostly by representing Shapiro on his acquisitions. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Megan Ellison's Former Home Is Back on the Market for $35 Million — but With a Twist," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of mostly

1563, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2018

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The first known use of mostly was in 1563

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English Language Learners Definition of mostly

—used to say that a statement you are making is true or correct at most times or that it describes a usual situation or condition

: almost all or almost completely


most·ly | \ ˈmōst-lē \

Kids Definition of mostly

: for the greatest part The story was mostly untrue.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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