Definition of on balance in English:

on balance


  • When all factors are taken into consideration.

    ‘on balance, he was pleased with how things had gone’
    • ‘Obviously, the computer industry has grown a lot, and on balance it has grown much faster than Apple's share has.’
    • ‘What we must try to do is to judge the overall effect on balance.’
    • ‘I consider that on balance, on the material before me, this explanation is plausible.’
    • ‘I consider that, on balance, the plaintiff should bear the brunt of the costs of this litigation.’
    • ‘But, on balance, the fact that people of money and influence value the countryside and want to live here, is no bad thing.’
    • ‘By any objective measurements, we are on balance healthier than we ever were.’
    • ‘Overall, on balance, did we get it as right as we knew how to do at the time?’
    • ‘We hope still to be able to convince our colleagues that on balance the agreement is not a good one.’
    • ‘The Court considers on balance that the present case is to be regarded as one involving deprivation of liberty.’
    • ‘On the basis of this decomposition we found that, on balance, neither of these has been the dominant factor.’
    overall, all in all, all things considered, taking everything into account, taking everything into consideration, by and large, on average, for the most part, mostly, mainly, in the main, on the whole, in general, generally, generally speaking, largely, to a large extent, to a great degree
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