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Overall Synonyms: List of 25 Examples

Krystal N. Craiker

Krystal N. Craiker

Author and Freelance Writer

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.

Contents:
  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.

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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

Author and Freelance Writer

Krystal N. Craiker is an author and freelance writer. She is the author of the Scholars of Elandria fantasy series. When she isn't writing, you can find her playing board games and volunteering. Krystal lives in Texas with her husband and two adorable dogs. Visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

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