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 On handling the coronavirus, those surveyed overwhelmingly said Biden would do a better job than Trump, 57%-33%. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "Exclusive USA TODAY poll: Biden widens his lead, but Trump keeps the edge on enthusiasm," 30 June 2020 The overwhelmingly peaceful uprisings have pushed cities like Oakland to meaningfully address police brutality. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Living in Oakland is ‘hell’? President shows his true colors," 29 June 2020 While most demonstrations throughout June have remained overwhelmingly peaceful, a number turned violent, with looters in some cases taking advantage of overnight clashes to perpetrate crimes. Matthew Riva, WSJ, "On the Streets With Photographers of Black Lives Matter Protests Across the U.S.," 27 June 2020 Readers overwhelmingly said that the photo-essay had moved them, often to tears. National Geographic, "Why does this legendary Black photographer's work continue to resonate today?," 26 June 2020 The beginning of the end for the proposal came Jan. 31, when the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, a local First Nations tribe, overwhelmingly voted against the Deep Geologic Repository in a community referendum. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Canadian utility formally drops underground radioactive waste storage next to Lake Huron," 24 June 2020 Angry production workers voted overwhelmingly for the first strike in 20 years in a contract dispute that focused more on subcontracting, seniority and work rules than on wages and benefits. Washington Post, "Hyundai and LG Chem team up to invest in electric-vehicle and battery start-ups," 22 June 2020 Production workers at one of the Navy’s largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting Bath Iron Works’ three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery of ships. BostonGlobe.com, "Bath Iron Works shipbuilders vote to strike," 21 June 2020 These numbers have stayed basically flat for years, despite mounting criticism, in part because the venture capitalists making the funding decisions are overwhelmingly male and white. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "How The Engine’s Katie Rae is addressing racism in VC," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Jul 2020

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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