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or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak terms:
The casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster.
/ˌʌn dərˈsteɪt mənt, ˈʌn dərˌsteɪt-/
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And, quite frankly, much of the problem is that they tend to use it in a way that they either overstate it or
Many of them misinterpret the economic models, which
the degree to which biofuels drive up prices.
However, it is not helpful to overstate the vulnerability or
the reliability of our present electric power system.
All of these figures
the magnitude of the jobs crisis.
These figures may actually
the value of copyright.
Yes it is important not to overstate causal factors, and it's equally important not to
But the skeptics who say this is a step on the way to universal health care actually
In fact, the income differentials
the chasm between college and high school grads.
The number may
activity somewhat, as many factories have turned to temporary workers.
Yet even these figures
the change that is taking place.
British Dictionary definitions for
to state (something) in restrained terms, often to obtain an ironic effect
to state that (something, such as a number) is less than it is
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