over·​whelm·​ing·​ly ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ-lē How to pronounce overwhelmingly (audio)
: to an overwhelming extent
an overwhelmingly powerful army
: extremely
overwhelmingly mediocre
: mostly by far
the workers were overwhelmingly female

Examples of overwhelmingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Members of the United Auto Workers union were close to approving contract agreements with Stellantis and Ford on Friday with voting at both companies overwhelmingly in favor and only a few factories yet to cast ballots. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Petersburg voted overwhelmingly for Adams, who is Black, giving her about 87 percent of its vote. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to prevent a government shutdown after new Republican Speaker Mike Johnson was forced to reach across the aisle to Democrats when hard-right conservatives revolted against his plan. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 15 Nov. 2023 This was on top of already higher rates of death from unintentional injuries—which were, again, overwhelmingly drug overdoses. Lori Youmshajekian, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 Everybody’s been just overwhelmingly well-behaved about everything. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 The participants were overwhelmingly young, optimistic, and well-educated. Drew Bernstein, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The new 12th District — which, like the 13th, is overwhelmingly Democratic — includes many of the same constituents. Charles Homans, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 This is still, Cole observes, what deepfake technology is overwhelmingly used for. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of overwhelmingly was in 1667

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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