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    by and at large

    His explanation for the gradual development of such complex systems certainly had its critics, but by and large his ideas were embraced because they helped to explain a great deal of the observable phenomena of our world

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    Re: by and at large

    The meaning of phrases such as these, and idioms, can be found at

    Bartleby.com: Great Books Online -- Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more

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    Re: by and at large

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    His explanation for the gradual development of such complex systems certainly had its critics, but by and large his ideas were embraced because they helped to explain a great deal of the observable phenomena of our world

    What does the text in bold mean?
    "by and large" means to a large extent, to a large degree, largely, generally, as a whole, mostly, overall.

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