Definition of other (or all) things being equal in US English:

other (or all) things being equal

phrase

  • Provided that other factors or circumstances remain the same.

    ‘it follows that, other things being equal, the price level will rise’
    • ‘It does not always provide for perfect justice or perfect security but, all things being equal, it is an improvement over the endless territorial and tribal wars that came before.’
    • ‘So, all other things being equal, the left-handed trait, which is largely genetic, should have died out long ago in prehistory.’
    • ‘I'm sure all things being equal, he'd rather be someplace else.’
    • ‘One view is that if the planning system were abolished tomorrow, the general level of house prices, all other things being equal, would not change very much.’
    • ‘Time after time the courts have said that, all other things being equal, if the child has a good parent, that child should be with the parent.’
    • ‘Other things being roughly equal, Supreme Court Justices of all political persuasions are best served by like-minded clerks.’
    • ‘Once this finds an outlet through trade and specialisation, all things being equal, material progress follows.’
    • ‘Because in economics, as you and I both know, if there's demand, prices are going to rise, all other things being equal.’
    • ‘But all other things being equal, the view is that we feel that congestion charges are the most realistic way ahead.’
    • ‘As for me, all other things being equal, I'd rather live longer and would not begrudge further longevity to others.’
    in all likelihood, in all probability, as likely as not, very likely, most likely, likely, as like as not, ten to one, the chances are, doubtless, no doubt, all things considered, taking all things into consideration, all things being equal, possibly, perhaps, maybe, it may be, presumably, on the face of it, apparently
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