I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was:

It is estimated that since the barter trade commenced along two routes across the LoC in October 2008, employment to the order of more than 1.6 lacs days had been created.

I don't know what "to the order of mean" here. Could the word "order" mean degree here?


Most likely, the writer intended or more correctly would have used "on the order of". This is an expression derived from the mathematical term "order of magnitude" meaning "by the same factor of ten".

"On the order of" is often used less precisely to just mean "approximately".

  • @ReedWade- could the word "order" mean degree here? – Kelvin Apr 24 '19 at 10:49
  • yes, I think that would be consistent – Reed Wade Apr 24 '19 at 10:53

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