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 Dallas City Council members on the Public Safety Committee on Monday overwhelmingly supported the ordinance proposal from police to seize vehicles and fine spectators at car sideshows with burnouts and doughnuts. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Dallas City Council to hear ordinance on tougher punishment for illegal street racing," 11 May 2020 While the protests have garnered attention, the AP-NORC poll found that most Americans overwhelmingly support restrictions aimed at containing the virus and are taking personal actions to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Kat Stafford And Emily Swanson, Detroit Free Press, "AP-NORC poll: Pandemic especially tough on people of color," 7 May 2020 Additionally, a survey in late April showed Oregonians overwhelmingly support Brown’s stay-home order, regardless of their political affiliation and where the live in the state. oregonlive, "Oregon Republican lawmaker requests special session to end governor’s coronavirus state of emergency," 6 May 2020 Recent polls show Californians overwhelmingly support them. Daisy Nguyen, Houston Chronicle, "Overcrowding could soon make one California beach off limits," 26 Apr. 2020 Wisconsin's Constitution will have a new amendment to provide more rights to victims of crime during prosecutions after voters overwhelmingly supported the idea in Tuesday's spring election. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Voters overwhelmingly approve crime victims constitutional amendment Marsy's Law," 13 Apr. 2020 The public overwhelmingly supports the $2 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress: 81% approve overall, a view that crosses partisan lines. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: DNC postpones convention," 2 Apr. 2020 The respondents overwhelmingly supported paid leave for healthcare workers, emergency responders, grocery store employees, pharmacy employees, and childcare workers, with at least 70% in favor of paid leave for each group. Fortune, "95% of Americans support paid sick leave for coronavirus victims," 25 Mar. 2020 The fact that over 40 voters who are African-American overwhelmingly supported Joe Biden. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 3-1-20:​ Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Alex Azar," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 May 2020

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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