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Part of speech: noun

The act of approximating; an approximate result.

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Usage examples "approximation":

  1. But before we become entangled in our own terms, I should perhaps remind you that when I employ the word 'memory' I am only making use of a convenient approximation. - "Freudian Slip", Franklin Abel.
  2. Still, in the result we are not to see in any case the effect of a supernatural revelation, but in all cases an approximation in different degrees to truth, secured by the unaided working of the human mind. - "Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877", James Kennedy.
  3. Having satisfied himself that the axe was free from all approximation to rust, he stuck it into a belt of raw hide, which he put on for the express purpose of sustaining it, as Esquimaux do not generally wear belts. - "Ungava", R.M. Ballantyne.