Is there an adverb for describing a range from nearly perfectly to perfectly?

For example:

I played basketball almost as well or even as well as a professional basketball player.

  • Words like effectively, essentially, practically, virtually, tantamount to,... are often used to signify EITHER exactly equal to, OR so close it makes no difference. Informally, pretty much, as near as dammit,... – FumbleFingers Oct 16 '19 at 14:44
  • @FumbleFingers Don't all of them cover the "almost" case, but explicitly exclude the absolute case? – Kris Oct 16 '19 at 15:09
  • Good Q but please show some background effort. (Not that that's easy in this case.) – Kris Oct 16 '19 at 15:10
  • @Kris: Arguably, yes. But personally, when I say A is effectively B what I often mean is Some people might claim there's a slight difference between A and B, but so far as I'm concerned they're the same [at least, for the purposes of the current context]. Maybe I should have included on a par with (or perhaps with slight rephrasing, I play to professional level) - both of which muddy the distinction enough to include "slightly below" and even "slightly above" the caliber of an "average professional player" (or whatever exact level the OP has in mind). – FumbleFingers Oct 16 '19 at 15:37
  • Can I say " I played basketball pretty much or all like the professional level. Use "all" as adverb? – Jcmoon Oct 16 '19 at 16:44

Masterly seems like a good fit here.

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  • Do you mean masterfully? Please include a definition from a dictionary. – marcellothearcane Oct 20 '19 at 8:41

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