[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-]
that overwhelms; overpowering: The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless: an overwhelming majority.

1565–75; overwhelm + -ing2

overwhelmingly, adverb
overwhelmingness, noun
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overwhelming (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ)
overpowering in effect, number, or force

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over + M.E. whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to
ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelming; overwhelmingly.
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Example sentences
Rats given a choice between highly sweetened water and intravenous cocaine
  overwhelmingly favored the tasty beverage.
Such scientists overwhelmingly understand that their models are imperfect and
  are constantly trying to better them.
Overwhelmingly, zoos are keeping pretty birds rather than endangered ones.
Since animals rely overwhelmingly on their sense of smell, then chemical odors
  would stimulate the production of dopamine.
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