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semblance
used in Atlas Shrugged

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Definition
a small amount of something; or something resembling (looking like) something else
  • I'd be satisfied with just a semblance of promise —but the men they send me couldn't be honestly said to possess the potentiality of developing into decent garage mechanics.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (48% in)
  • And we have to preserve a semblance of legality-or the populace won't take it.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (45% in)
  • And yet, Jim knows that we have to preserve some semblance of the greatness that Taggart Transcontinental once stood for.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (3% in)
  • The tramp's suit was a mass of careful patches on a cloth so stiff and shiny with wear that one expected it to crack like glass if bent; but she noticed the collar of his shirt: it was bone-white from repeated laundering and it still preserved a semblance of shape.
    2.10 Part 2 Chapter 10 — The Sign of the Dollar (6% in)
  • She felt suddenly certain that it came from something deeper than his fear of bureaucratic reprisal, that the reprisal was the only identification of it which he would permit himself to know, a reassuring identification which had a semblance of rationality and hid his true motive.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (63% in)

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