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 tax passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday and will raise an additional $35 million a year to pay for social services across the county. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Economic woes spawned by coronavirus crisis resurrecting talk of mergers, regional cooperation," 4 May 2020 Lawyers for Iannarone and other opponents of big money in Portland elections argued that Wheeler’s campaign knew advocates were appealing the Multnomah County ruling and aimed to reinstitute the limits, which voters overwhelmingly passed in 2018. oregonlive, "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler can keep spending mega campaign contributions, judge rules," 1 May 2020 Even with the amendment, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure with bipartisan support. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Should Las Vegas’s machine-gun rental industry be the future liberals want for assault weapons?," 20 Apr. 2020 One widespread theory was that many Californians mistakenly suspected that the school bond 13 was an effort to undermine the iconic tax-cutting 13, passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1978. Los Angeles Times, "With coronavirus on their minds, California voters probably aren’t in the mood to raise taxes," 9 Apr. 2020 The Senate passed the legislation in a 96-1 vote Thursday, a day after the House quickly and overwhelmingly passed it in a 415-2 vote. NBC News, "Coronavirus updates live: 14 dead across U.S.; Trump signs $8.3B bill," 6 Mar. 2020 The people had spoken overwhelmingly, but the political class, and the CTU and other public worker unions that provide election muscle, know how to bide their time. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: After the strike, rewarding CTU bosses with an elected school board would be insanity," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 May 2020

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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