overwhelmingly

adverb
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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Young women are leaning Democratic by sizable margins Across age and gender lines, young women are the one group that identifies as overwhelmingly Democratic. Li Zhou, Vox, "12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics," 6 Nov. 2018 The former engineer is likely to recapture the governorship in November given the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic electorate. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "David Ige Wins Hawaii Democratic Governor Primary," 12 Aug. 2018 Maine voters overwhelmingly approved the expansion in a ballot initiative last year, but archconservative LePage used every legal and procedural quirk in the book to slow it down. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 The policy applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Washington Post, "Supreme Court’s nod to travel ban heightens refugee worries," 27 June 2018 The current version is indefinite and now applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. CBS News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 The ban applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Michael Boren, Philly.com, "N.J. attorney general, others defend Muslims after Supreme Court decision on Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 The travel ban has been in place since December and the policy applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, according to The Associated Press. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Travel ban hits home for metro Atlanta Muslims, supporters," 26 June 2018 Ince has rejected the claim that he was photographed consuming alcohol on Turkey’s Aegean coast during Ramadan -- a taboo in an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. Firat Kozok, Bloomberg.com, "Combative Turkish Secularist Picked to Lead Challenge to Erdogan," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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