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  1. for the most part; almost wholly; just about: He is virtually unknown.
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Origin of virtually

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at virtual, -ly
Can be confusedfiguratively literally virtually (see usage note at literally)
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  1. in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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Word Origin and History for virtually


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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