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 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 But taking a hatchet to anything having to do with police is a tricky proposition in San Antonio where police, firefighters and their respective unions have traditionally been overwhelmingly popular. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio activists want to gut police union’s power amid George Floyd protests," 15 June 2020 In Colorado this past week, the Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that, among other things, would seek to prevent officers from lying under oath. Washington Post, "Floyd death sparks efforts to hold more officers accountable," 13 June 2020 Lansing: Restaurants and bars could sell cocktails and other liquor for pickup or delivery and would see a temporary cut in state liquor prices under legislation overwhelmingly approved by state Senate on Wednesday. USA TODAY, "Cincinnati Zoo, Lollapalooza, Glacier National Park: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2020 Protests that erupted around the globe in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month have been overwhelmingly peaceful. NBC News, "Madison mayor apologizes after video leaks of her praising officers with no mention of police reform," 11 June 2020 The additional flexibility was approved overwhelmingly by Congress. Dallas News, "Last call, small business: PPP loans are better now and plenty of cash remains," 10 June 2020 Voters in the south metro community also overwhelmingly approved a new five-year $280 million county SPLOST. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Clayton County voters approve $280 million SPLOST, ousts chief magistrate," 10 June 2020 But protests in recent days have been overwhelmingly peaceful. The Christian Science Monitor, "Houston mourns the man, the symbol: 'Say his name, George Floyd'," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Jun 2020

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“Overwhelmingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overwhelmingly. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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