One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With all things considered.‘but on balance he was pleased’
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 degreeView synonyms
- ‘On the basis of this decomposition we found that, on balance, neither of these has been the dominant factor.’
- ‘Overall, on balance, did we get it as right as we knew how to do at the time?’
- ‘By any objective measurements, we are on balance healthier than we ever were.’
- ‘I consider that on balance, on the material before me, this explanation is plausible.’
- ‘The Court considers on balance that the present case is to be regarded as one involving deprivation of liberty.’
- ‘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, 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.’
- ‘We hope still to be able to convince our colleagues that on balance the agreement is not a good one.’
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