Imagine you want to say something like 'Men' are always inside 'Women'... and you want to add something like, character-wise or alphabetically speaking. How do you go about it? The problem with character-wise is, character is already associated with a person's character.
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The idiomatic way of saying this is,
Trying to shoehorn this into an adjective is reinventing the wheel, and getting a square wheel.
If I was being formal I would say
Less formally, I would say