On the whole; everything considered.
largely, mostly, mainly, to a large extent, to a great extent, to a great degree, on the whole, chiefly, generally, in general, predominantly, substantially, primarily, overall, for the most part, in the main, principally, in great measure, preponderantly, first and foremost, for all intents and purposes, basicallyView synonyms
- ‘mammals have, by and large, bigger brains than reptiles’
Originally in nautical use, describing the handling of a ship both to the wind and off it.
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