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[oh-ver-hwel-ming, -wel-] /ˌoʊ vərˈʰwɛl mɪŋ, -ˈwɛl-/
that overwhelms; overpowering:
The temptation to despair may become overwhelming.
so great as to render resistance or opposition useless:
an overwhelming majority.
Origin of overwhelming
1565-75; overwhelm + -ing2
Related forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
overwhelmingness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
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  • For one thing, those sites are overwhelmingly visual: images nearly always do much better than words.
  • The steady-state fleet will still be overwhelmingly huge and powerful.
  • The blog comments have been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Hearing the overwhelmingly positive feedback last year from our attendees and our corporate sponsors makes it worthwhile for sure.
British Dictionary definitions for overwhelmingly


overpowering in effect, number, or force
Derived Forms
overwhelmingly, adverb
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