To the second point, Reinhart and Rogoff had, to a first approximation, zero actual effect on policy.
Finally, the former president is home, back in civilian life—or at some approximation of it.
There are, to a first approximation, zero healthy adoptable babies in the US foster care system.
An approximation to these conditions was made in the following manner.
The more perfect the approximation to truth, the more perfect is art.
When a first approximation has been obtained in this way, further approximations can be obtained in various ways.
This approximation, however, will serve all the purposes of this argument.
History can never be other than an approximation to the truth, even when it relates to the events and characters of its own age.
You cannot have read them without some approximation to our Church.
Her code of manners included no approximation toward familiarity between a Talcott and a letter of lodgings.
early 15c., "act of coming near or close," noun of action from approximate (v.). Meaning "result of approximating" is from 1650s.
approximation ap·prox·i·ma·tion (ə-prŏk'sə-mā'shən)
n.
Bringing tissue edges into desired apposition for suturing.