als ob


plural als obs
: assumption
especially : one made so that action, thought, or further assumption is possible

Word History


German, from als ob as if

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of als ob was in 1913

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“Als ob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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