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virtual
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Childhood's End
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as in: virtual organization Define
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
  • Ignorance, disease, poverty and fear had virtually ceased to exist.
  • It had been virtually shattered by two inventions, which were, ironically enough, of purely human origin and owed nothing to the Overlords.

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  • Production had become largely automatic: the robot factories poured forth consumer goods in such unending streams that all the ordinary necessities of life were virtually free.
  • The library ran the whole width of the house, but was virtually divided into half a dozen small rooms by the great bookcases extending across it.
  • It was virtually unpossible, he decided, for one person to take control without the remainder of the circle knowing it.
  • The Overlords had imposed few positive bans on any form of human activity (the conduct of war was perhaps the major exception), but research into space flight had virtually ceased.

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  • We call ourselves a virtual organization because we have no headquarters and no employees. But we are comprised of six key people who cooperate and assemble resources as needed to complete our projects.
  • I qualified for the tournament, but have virtually no chance of winning.

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unspecified meaning
  • The end of strife and conflicts of all kinds had also meant the virtual end of creative art.

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as in: virtual organization Define
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
as in: computer's virtual world Define
something simulated by a computer
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