Definition of tout court in US English:

tout court


  • With no addition or qualification; simply.

    ‘he saw it as an illusion, tout court’
    • ‘To do that is to question the belief that what is delivered or at least promised under the aegis of the American state, on the American continent, can be neatly identified with human freedom, tout court.’
    • ‘Fine; but it should be kept in mind that dismissing biographical criticism is not the same thing as disapproving tout court of literary biography.’
    • ‘That is to say, Garrard makes an entirely illegitimate comparison between hostility to a body of people who cannot be accused of being oppressive, tout court, and hostility to a state which definitely can.’
    • ‘Instead, Esterhammer reads Romanticism as a watershed moment in the understanding of language tout court, with Literature advancing this broader project in important, though certainly no longer exclusive ways.’
    • ‘The roots of post-structuralism and its unifying basis lie in a general opposition not to the philosophical tradition tout court but specifically to the Hegelian tradition.’
    • ‘It is true that first-order predicate logic is so constructed as to admit no such distinction, but that does not mean that there is no such distinction tout court.’
    • ‘The vulnerability that people in exile feel is far greater than the anxiety of not having an essential identity; their problem is a lack of identity tout court.’
    • ‘The tone of such commentators certainly suggests that they feel they are entitled to construct the argument in this way, and thus dismiss the antiwar Left tout court as a ‘moral failure’.’
    • ‘Of course, this can only happen in the first place if she can be considered as property tout court; that is, if she can be considered intelligibly: as-wife, as-daughter, and so on up to as-person.’
    • ‘Perhaps the liberatory moment comes because you're not in thrall to the art object as such, but rather to the force of creativity tout court.’
    • ‘There are commonalities in some respects, including this one: the sexual abuse of women and children, and the sexual use of animals both turn on (no pun intended) naked power, tout court.’
    • ‘Traditions of casuistry, or inter-generational equity, or equity tout court, or professional role, unite their adherents across the complex traditions which they may see as their primary traditions.’
    • ‘Its subject is Christian theology tout court, and its polemic springs from the currently fashionable ‘ideology of religious pluralism’ - what might be termed horror at strong opinions.’
    • ‘Historically, the recognition of a sharp difference between justified assertion and mere assertion tout court has been a force for liberation and progress, and against arbitrary power and illegitimate institutions.’
    • ‘One might as well treat every person as a ‘team’ and let the notion of we-intentionality collapse into the notion of intention tout court.’
    • ‘First of all, as I have argued, while we deliberate we cannot discover which of our alternatives is possible tout court; we cannot simply try the doorknobs and see.’
    • ‘A specific work is being referenced in this example, and here we slide from the repetition of style in all of its ambiguous guises to the repetition of particular motifs and entire compositional passages tout court.’
    • ‘‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name’ is not a redundant expression, as though ‘Father’ were now the name of God tout court.’
    • ‘La Bohème is usually considered the most popular of Puccini's operatic hits, and it may even be, tout court, the most popular opera.’
    • ‘Our response to this argument is that not all Conceptual Art was generic-type art tout court, and that its reflection in painting is thus similarly non-generic.’


French, literally ‘very short’.


tout court

/to͞o ˈko͞or/