Definition of more often than not in English:

more often than not

phrase

  • Usually:

    ‘food is scarce and more often than not they go hungry’
    • ‘However, more often than not, a polite rejection note was all she received.’
    • ‘History is written, more often than not, by someone who was not an eyewitness to all the events he chronicles.’
    • ‘A football match is not a sprint and is, more often than not, a test of endurance.’
    • ‘He's quick, strong and skillful and, given the chance, he's likely to hit the target more often than not.’
    • ‘Each teacher has to have an area of expertise which, more often than not, is not regarded as worthy of extra points and pay.’
    • ‘The features were all made in part for propaganda purposes but failed more often than not to carry out those objectives.’
    • ‘It is wonderful to hear of young people doing well as more often than not, we hear of businesses closing.’
    • ‘It happens every once in a while, and more often than not there's a cry of outrage.’
    • ‘Reports to hand indicate that, more often than not, the warning lamps are not in operation.’
    • ‘I have to say, he was usually the instigator, and, more often than not, the victor.’
    overall, all in all, all things considered, altogether, taking everything into account, taking everything into consideration, on balance, on average, for the most part, mostly, mainly, in the main, chiefly, principally, predominantly, largely, in general, generally, generally speaking, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, basically, substantially, effectively, virtually, to all intents and purposes
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