all/other things being equal

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of all/other things being equal

formal
used to say what should happen or be true if two situations, products, etc., are different in a specified way but not in other ways
  • All things being equal, a person with a PhD should be getting a higher salary than someone with only a Master's degree.

Word by Word Definitions

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

thing play things
  1. : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated

  2. : an inanimate object distinguished from a living being

  3. : a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entity

equal play
  1. : of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another

  2. : identical in mathematical value or logical denotation : equivalent

  3. : like in quality, nature, or status

  1. : one that is equal

  2. : an equal quantity

  1. : to be equal to

  2. : equalize

  3. : to make or produce something equal to


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