over·​whelm·​ing·​ly | \ ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ-lē How to pronounce overwhelmingly (audio) \

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

Examples of overwhelmingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coup has been wildly unpopular among Myanmar's people, who voted overwhelmingly for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party in last year's general election after a first five-year term in office. Grant Peck, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Last month, the Parliament voted overwhelmingly to suspend consideration of the pact until China reversed its move. New York Times, 8 June 2021 Last month, the Parliament voted overwhelmingly to suspend consideration of the pact until China reversed its move. BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2021 An outside panel of experts assembled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted overwhelmingly not to support approval last year for lack of efficacy. Charley Grant, WSJ, 7 June 2021 An independent panel of advisers to the FDA overwhelmingly voted against the drug, saying clinical trial data did not provide strong evidence of its efficacy. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 7 June 2021 In an effort to improve recycling, the state Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night on the largest expansion of the Connecticut bottle bill in decades by doubling the deposit and widely expanding the items being recycled. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 2 June 2021 The advisory committee sided with the statistician and voted overwhelmingly against approval. Jason Karlawish, STAT, 2 June 2021 As a practical matter, that's more likely to suppress the votes of Black and brown people, who overwhelmingly voted Democratic last year. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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12 Jun 2021

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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