To the second point, Reinhart and Rogoff had, to a first approximation, zero actual effect on policy.
There are, to a first approximation, zero healthy adoptable babies in the US foster care system.
Finally, the former president is home, back in civilian life—or at some approximation of it.
The approximation of sound in these names is sufficiently evident.
Even an approximation to it is rare, and absolute accuracy is still rarer.
"I thought so, too," she answered, with that simplicity ever attending our approximation to the truth.
This, out here to the southwest, is what might be called an approximation to his trail.
The more perfect the approximation to truth, the more perfect is art.
This approximation, however, will serve all the purposes of this argument.
You cannot have read them without some approximation to our Church.
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.