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It requires the same treatment, and for much the same reason.

What is the precise meaning of "much the same" in the above sentence? Does it mean "pretty much the same", or "exactly the same", or ... ?

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    Alternatives to much in this context include largely, almost, nearly, essentially, practically, etc. Jan 14, 2018 at 19:18
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The sentence

It requires the same treatment, and for much the same reason.

means

It requires the same treatment, and for pretty much the same reason.

However if the reason was exactly the same, the sentence would be the simpler

It requires the same treatment, and for the same reason.

There are many other valid qualifiers too, as mentioned in the comment from @FumbleFingers.

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