van·​ish·​ing·​ly | \ˈva-ni-shiŋ-lē \

Definition of vanishingly 

: so as to be almost nonexistent or invisible the difference is vanishingly small

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Compromises would not have satisfied the Jardines and Mathesons, and the likelihood that no British government would ever have decided that violence was its least bad option seems vanishingly small. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 The time when the ball is actually in play is vanishingly small—yet not quite brief enough to reduce the four or five hour investment that watching a baseball game now entails. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018 But vanishingly few have gotten as far as Hardiman, who is reported to be one of two men President Trump is considering for appointment to the Supreme Court. Martin Finucane,, "Thomas Hardiman was ‘most likely to succeed’ at Waltham High. He now may be a Supreme Court pick," 9 July 2018 And, in very rare cases, this method could come up with a denominator that's off by a factor of two, thanks to common factors (though this chance becomes vanishingly small in games with more than a few Achievements). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 In other words, for all the liberal fears that Kennedy will be replaced with someone like Gorsuch, the ideological distance between Kennedy and Gorsuch is vanishingly small. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "We’re Fucked," 27 June 2018 But those who knew Leclerc and Johnson best consider the likelihood of any of those explanations vanishingly small. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 Adyen has a single system that does this more cheaply and can add extra payment volumes anywhere in the world at a vanishingly small marginal cost. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Favorite Payments Company Cashes In," 5 June 2018 Without it, their chances of living are almost vanishingly small. Korin Miller, SELF, "Think You Know How to Do CPR? You Might Be Wrong," 31 May 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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—used to say that something is so small that it almost does not exist at all

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something that serves to warn or remind

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