Blog Grammar Rules Overall Synonyms: List of 25 Examples

Overall Synonyms: List of 25 Examples

Krystal N. Craiker

Krystal N. Craiker

Blog Manager and Indie Author

Published Jul 17, 2022

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Overall means to take all parts into account or to look at something as a whole.

In essays and business writing in particular, it is an overused word. Luckily, there are many synonyms for overall that you can use.

For the purpose of this article, we are not talking about the loose protective coverall clothing item called overalls. Instead, we are talking about the adjective and adverb overall.

We have curated a list of 25 words you can use in lieu of overall.

  1. Overall Synonyms in Emails
  2. Overall Synonyms in Creative Writing
  3. Overall Synonyms in Essay Writing
  4. Final Thoughts

Overall Synonyms in Emails

Business emails and other business communications use the word overall to mean “in general.” But there are many related words you can use instead.

Overall synonym examples for business emails

Here are some overall synonyms for business writing:

  • In general
  • As a whole
  • Generally
  • Chiefly
  • Principal/principally
  • All things considered
  • Comprehensive
  • Total
  • Across-the-board

Let’s look at a couple of these synonyms for overall in example sentences.

Original: Overall, the report shows promising results.
With a synonym: As a whole, the report shows promising results.

Original: Our overall growth this quarter trended upward.
With a synonym: Our across-the-board growth this quarter trended upward.

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Overall Synonyms in Creative Writing

Overall isn’t as commonly used in creative writing, but it can become a crutch word, which is a word a writer overuses and leans on too heavily.

Creative writers should aim for a more vivid description rather than using a vague adverb or adjective like overall.

If you do need some synonyms for overall in your fiction or creative writing, here are some you could use:

  • A great degree
  • Sweeping
  • Collective/collectively
  • All-embracing
  • Altogether

Here’s an example of how you might use an overall synonym in your creative writing.

Original: The pirates were overall brave and passionate.
With a synonym: The pirates were collectively brave and passionate.

Overall Synonyms in Essay Writing

Overall synonym examples for essays

Academic writing is another place that overall shows up frequently. It’s often used to make sweeping observations about data or other information.

Freshen up your essays and academic writing by using synonyms for overall. Let’s check out a few general synonyms you can use:

  • A large extent
  • A wide scope
  • For the most part
  • Thorough
  • Global/globally
  • Universal/universally
  • Generally speaking
  • Largely
  • Mainly
  • Predominantly
  • Primarily

Here is how using a synonym for overall might look in an essay.

Original: Early literacy skills show an overall positive effect on communication skills.
With a synonym: Early literacy skills show a predominantly positive effect on communication skills.

Final Thoughts

You can use any of the synonyms in this article in any situation where they are appropriate. Sometimes, it might be beneficial to rearrange a sentence to avoid using overall altogether.

ProWritingAid can help you with overused words like overall. Simply click on the Overused Report to see which words you use too often.

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You can also use our in-tool thesaurus by double-clicking on a word to see synonym suggestions.

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Krystal N. Craiker

Krystal N. Craiker

Blog Manager and Indie Author

Krystal N. Craiker is the Writing Pirate, an indie romance author and blog manager at ProWritingAid. She sails the seven internet seas, breaking tropes and bending genres. She has a background in anthropology and education, which brings fresh perspectives to her romance novels. When she’s not daydreaming about her next book or article, you can find her cooking gourmet gluten-free cuisine, laughing at memes, and playing board games. Krystal lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, child, and basset hound. Check out her website or follow her on Instagram: @krystalncraikerauthor.

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