virtually

[ vur-choo-uh-lee ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu ə li /

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. virtual particle,
  2. virtual reality,
  3. virtual storage,
  4. virtuality,
  5. virtualize,
  6. virtue,
  7. virtue signaling,
  8. virtues,
  9. virtuosa,
  10. virtuosity

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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British Dictionary definitions for virtually

virtually

/ (ˈvɜːtʃʊəlɪ) /

adverb

in effect though not in fact; practically; nearly
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Word Origin and History for virtually

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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