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

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Recent Examples on the Web People need to know, for example, that the risk of two vaccinated people sickening one another with Covid-19 is vanishingly small. Lucy Mcbride, CNN, "Doctor: The secret weapon for ending the pandemic," 30 Apr. 2021 Those aristocrats constituted a vanishingly small proportion of humanity. New York Times, "How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life," 27 Apr. 2021 The likelihood that the election will be overturned is vanishingly remote. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Trump’s Motley Gang of Dead-Enders Are Circling the Drain," 20 Nov. 2020 Now, these false claims have been thoroughly debunked and the number of outright climate deniers is vanishingly small. David Carlin, Forbes, "Fighting Back Against The 3 “D”s Of Climate Inaction," 21 Apr. 2021 There are vanishingly few places anywhere in the country to transfer patients. Washington Post, "For Brazil’s doctors, choosing who lives and who dies exacts a toll," 22 Mar. 2021 German health authorities maintain that the number of disposed vaccine doses is vanishingly small and that nobody is in favor of wasting doses. Washington Post, "Jump the vaccine line? In Germany, you could face prosecution.," 14 Apr. 2021 The overall risk of any adverse reaction to the J&J vaccine appears to be vanishingly small. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "You just got the J&J COVID vaccine. Should you be worried about the CDC’s pause recommendation?," 13 Apr. 2021 And yet if there does turn out to be a vaccine reaction, even a vanishingly infrequent one, keeping mum won’t make the problem go away. Hilda Bastian, The Atlantic, "A Terrible Conundrum for the AstraZeneca Vaccine," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of vanishingly

1870, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Vanishingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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