English translation: very large number (context dependant)
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English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Government / Politics / sayings
English term or phrase:sheer number
I tried the 'total number' but it didn't make much sense to me, I have a feeling it is " the great number", am I correct?
Context (About Multilateral peace missions in 2005):
"Besides the sheer number of operations deployed today—only 40 peace operations in all were deployed between 1948 and 1989—the present landscape is marked by increasingly costly and complex operations, with various functions and conducted by a multitude of actors."
I see sheer, as in any use with 'number', being not about large quantities, but representing one side, or the other, of the majority of whatever is being discussed. For example if I had 12 puppies and said 'the sheer number of males to females makes me believe that this bitch is more likely to produce male puppies.' I know that's not the best example logically, but the principal remains that, Sheer represents one side of a majority rather than the size or number its self. In reverse you could say 'the sheer number of voters that would approved of this bill means that it will be defeated.' In this case the number is small and sheer defers to the smallness of the minority. It is about size but is not locked into a great or vast quantity, except by context. And as always the author could chose to reword their statement and omit sheer in lieu of other wording.
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