Definition of at bottom in English:

at bottom

phrase

  • Fundamentally.

    ‘at bottom, science is exploration’
    • ‘But one thing that has disturbed me has been the number of people who, at bottom, don't seem to really believe in grace or mercy.’
    • ‘Her approach on economic issues is, at bottom, quite similar.’
    • ‘We rest, at bottom, on the inherent dignity of the individual.’
    • ‘This is because corruption is not at bottom simply a matter of law; rather it is fundamentally a matter of morality.’
    • ‘Once the novel language is stripped away, it is apparent that most of these supposed new challenges are, at bottom, techniques.’
    • ‘One need not trivialize the fears of religious parents to recognize that this is at bottom a complaint against democracy itself.’
    • ‘At bottom, Greenberg's theology rests on the conviction that the Holocaust was a revelatory event.’
    • ‘After all, Manning states, agriculture is culture, and, at bottom, is about the integrity of individual lives.’
    • ‘Likewise, we want Harry Angel to have, at bottom, a pure heart.’
    • ‘Reading it, one might be tempted to think that at bottom García Márquez has remained as unpolitical as when he started out.’
    fundamentally, primarily, principally, chiefly, essentially, elementally, firstly, predominantly
    View synonyms