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.
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.