Definition of by no means in US English:

by no means

(also by no manner of means)


  • Not at all; certainly not.

    ‘the outcome is by no means guaranteed’
    • ‘I saw it last week, and enjoyed it, but it's by no means even close to being the best film of 2002.’
    • ‘It was by no means a foregone conclusion that the UK would get involved.’
    • ‘Although the sums paid are by no means small, they are a far cry from what the jet set pay across the water.’
    • ‘These are by no means mutually exclusive categories and many analyses will fall into both categories.’
    • ‘Katherine laughed with her, but she was by no means as confident as Carrie.’
    • ‘This is by no means merely a technology issue and the jury is still out.’
    • ‘That is by no means an accurate statement, but it has a grain of truth.’
    • ‘She may now have become a thief, but she was by no means ready to become a murderer.’
    • ‘Although this room is by no means small, a large wall mirror creates the illusion of even greater space.’
    • ‘What is going on is by no means clear to Christian, and he is increasingly anxious.’
    not at all, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not by a long shot, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances
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