to a certain extent

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See: in part, quasi
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He and his order were kings, to a certain extent, over the men of untarnished clothes, because these latter dreaded, perhaps, to be either killed or laughed at.
True, I to a certain extent disobeyed orders, but never did I commit theft or embezzlement.
To a certain extent, the benefits of that union will be obtained from making the chief justice of the Supreme Court the president of the court of impeachments, as is proposed to be done in the plan of the convention; while the inconveniences of an entire incorporation of the former into the latter will be substantially avoided.
A quarter of an hour is my limit of time; and, I am proud to say, some of them (mostly the women) do to a certain extent keep awake.
Moreover, great areas, though now continuous, owing to oscillations of level, will often have recently existed in a broken condition, so that the good effects of isolation will generally, to a certain extent, have concurred.
Another admits that it ought to be a government over individuals to a certain extent, but by no means to the extent proposed.
But he had been touched and to a certain extent fired by the younger man's evident admiration and willingness to learn from him.
But he felt sure that this had been to a certain extent a whim with her.
Your brothers and sisters have all in their turns been companions to me, to a certain extent, but only to a certain extent.
Wherever one of our brickmakers has gone in the South, we find that he has something to contribute to the well-being of the community into which he has gone; something that has made the community feel that, in a degree, it is indebted to him, and perhaps, to a certain extent, dependent upon him.
But then you must remember that we are to a certain extent without that craving for amusement which makes these things necessary for you others.
To a certain extent she had found his clay plastic, then it had developed stubbornness, declining to be shaped in the image of her father or of Mr.