over·whelm·ing·ly | \ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ-lē \

Definition of overwhelmingly 

1a : to an overwhelming extent an overwhelmingly powerful army

b : extremely overwhelmingly mediocre

2 : mostly by far the workers were overwhelmingly female

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Democrats overwhelmingly support Roe, while Republicans narrowly support overturning the decision, the poll found. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Blacks had supported the war effort overwhelmingly, but on their own terms. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Mableton residents who spoke at a public meeting earlier this year overwhelmingly supported naming the tract Mableton Discovery Park. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Cobb postpones vote on naming park with Civil War earthworks," 12 June 2018 Once supported overwhelmingly by cash-back incentives, tax credits and other government incentives, wind- and solar-generation costs have fallen consistently for a decade, making renewable-power investment more competitive. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Global Investment in Wind and Solar Energy Is Outshining Fossil Fuels," 11 June 2018 The apparent link suggests an organized — if local — campaign to silence critics of the Hindutva movement, the far-right Hindu nationalists who overwhelmingly support the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "Same Gun Was Used to Kill Two Critics of Hindu Nationalists in India," 8 June 2018 Polls show the public overwhelmingly supports the key gun-control provisions. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "NRA questionnaire makes clear to candidates: Don't support gun restrictions," 5 June 2018 Kentucky's Bell County, which is located near the Tennessee border, overwhelmingly supported Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential election, with nearly 80 percent of ballots cast for the Republican, the Courier Journal reports. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Crowd cheers when valedictorian quotes Trump. Then he reveals it was really Obama," 4 June 2018 Bell County, which is located in the Southeastern part of the Commonwealth near Tennessee border, overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Crowd cheers when valedictorian quotes Trump. Then reveals it was Obama," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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