1. | to a first approximation - When one is doing certain numerical computations, an
approximate solution may be computed by any of several
heuristic methods, then refined to a final value. By using
the starting point of a first approximation of the answer, one
can write an algorithm that converges more quickly to the
correct result. | ||

2. | to a first approximation - In jargon, a preface to any comment that indicates that the
comment is only approximately true. The remark "To a first
approximation, I feel good" might indicate that deeper
questioning would reveal that not all is perfect (e.g. a
nagging cough still remains after an illness). |

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To a degree

to a fault

**-- to a first approximation --**

to a great extent

to a greater extent

To a hair

to a higher degree

to a higher place

to a lesser degree

to a lesser extent

to a lower place

to a man

To a nicety

to a T

to a tolerable degree

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to a zeroth approximation

To abate a tax

To abate into a freehold

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TNLCD

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TNS

TNSTAAFL

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TNTC

TNVIP

TNX

TNXE6

To

To a crum

To a degree

to a fault

to a great extent

to a greater extent

To a hair

to a higher degree

to a higher place

to a lesser degree

to a lesser extent

to a lower place

to a man

To a nicety

to a T

to a tolerable degree

To a turn

to a zeroth approximation

To abate a tax

To abate into a freehold