grosso modo

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverbial locution, from grossus (approximate) + modus (way, method).

Adverb[edit]

grosso modo

  1. roughly, circa or approximately

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverbial locution, from grossus (approximate) + modus (way, method).

Adverb[edit]

grosso modo (comparative more grosso modo, superlative most grosso modo)

  1. roughly, circa or approximately
    • 1980. Henry Mehlberg, Robert Sonné Cohen. Time, Causality, and the Quantum Theory: Studies in the Philosophy of Science. p. 211.
      The fact that event B takes place in the interval separating events A and C has an invariant significance, which may be expressed grosso modo by saying that events which are closer together have more effects in common.
    • 1985. Edward W. Said. Orientalism Reconsidered. Cultural Critique, 1, pp. 94-95.
      Still others criticize Orientalism for falsifying the nature of Islam: these are, grosso modo, the fundamentalists.

Italian[edit]

Adverb[edit]

grosso modo

  1. Alternative spelling of grossomodo

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverbial locution, from grossus (approximate) + modus (way, method).

Adverb[edit]

grossō modō

  1. roughly, circa, approximately
  2. coarsely