van·​ish·​ing·​ly | \ ˈva-ni-shiŋ-lē How to pronounce vanishingly (audio) \

Definition of vanishingly

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

Examples of vanishingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Famines that once plagued South Asia are now vanishingly rare, and the population less susceptible to disease and starvation. New York Times, "Millions Had Risen Out of Poverty. Coronavirus Is Pulling Them Back.," 30 Apr. 2020 Their effectiveness is limited by their porosity—the virus is vanishingly tiny—and by the lack of the tight fit provided by an N95 mask. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "DIY Alternatives for When Stores Are Out of Coronavirus-Fighting Products," 1 Apr. 2020 Good news, these past four years, has been vanishingly sparse, like a handful of lilies in a fallow field. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Kathleen Collins’s Otherworldly Women," 20 Apr. 2020 Biden’s already narrow polling lead in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Arizona might be vanishingly small after a likely voter screen. Nate Cohn,, "Why Biden’s polling lead vs. Trump isn’t as solid as it looks," 13 Apr. 2020 Given how widespread the coronavirus pandemic is, and how badly many countries are faring, the odds of worldwide synchronous control seem vanishingly small. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Will End," 25 Mar. 2020 That means there are few cases directly on point and vanishingly few actual experts. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where the Writers Guild Stands in Its Legal War With Agencies," 30 Oct. 2019 But the window of opportunity to press this crucial point was vanishingly small. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "In Final Test of Nerves, Bernie Sanders Blinks," 15 Mar. 2020 Complications in first-trimester abortions requiring hospital admissions are vanishingly rare — less than a quarter of 1%, according to research cited in the 2016 majority opinion. Eric Zorn,, "Column: The Supreme Court has signaled it’s ready to spring the TRAP and gut abortion rights," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vanishingly

1870, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Vanishingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vanishingly

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

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