Definition of by and large in English:

by and large

phrase

  • On the whole; everything considered.

    ‘mammals have, by and large, bigger brains than reptiles’
    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, basically
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