To the second point, Reinhart and Rogoff had, to a first approximation, zero actual effect on policy.
Finally, the former president is home, back in civilian life—or at some approximation of it.
There are, to a first approximation, zero healthy adoptable babies in the US foster care system.
An approximation to these conditions was made in the following manner.
Even an approximation to it is rare, and absolute accuracy is still rarer.
When a first approximation has been obtained in this way, further approximations can be obtained in various ways.
The more perfect the approximation to truth, the more perfect is art.
History can never be other than an approximation to the truth, even when it relates to the events and characters of its own age.
This approximation, however, will serve all the purposes of this argument.
Her code of manners included no approximation toward familiarity between a Talcott and a letter of lodgings.
approximation ap·prox·i·ma·tion (ə-prŏk'sə-mā'shən)
Bringing tissue edges into desired apposition for suturing.