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virtually

[vur-choo-uh-lee] /ˈvɜr tʃu ə li/
adverb
1.
for the most part; almost wholly; just about:
He is virtually unknown.
Origin of virtually
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at virtual, -ly
Can be confused
figuratively, literally, virtually (see usage note at literally)
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  • “The man is virtually a cripple,” he added with unmistakable feeling.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • This was virtually the first electro-magnetic acoustic telegraph.

  • This was the rival whose place I had virtually, though not officially, usurped.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • But they were conscious that the marriage was virtually an accomplished fact.

  • Then Claude, stupefied by that triumph, virtually forgot everything else.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for virtually

virtually

/ˈvɜːtʃʊəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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Word Origin and History for virtually
adv.

early 15c., "as far as essential qualities or facts are concerned;" from virtual + -ly (2). Sense of "in effect, as good as" is recorded from c.1600.

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