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Definition of at all

: in any way or respect : to the least extent or degree : under any circumstances doesn't smoke at all

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wasn't at all pleased with the way the family portrait came out
Recent Examples on the Web Some zoonotic disease development appears more down to timing than contact, and not at all due to meat consumption. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "UN cancels biodiversity meeting in China over coronavirus fears," 6 Feb. 2020 The books themselves, framed by Lila’s disappearance and penned by an anonymous author (Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym), represent identity as a thing that vanishes, or that never existed at all. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "A New Book on Elena Ferrante Rethinks What Criticism Can Be," 6 Feb. 2020 Attempts to censor teen reading in schools and libraries are not at all uncommon. Jill Coody Smits, Washington Post, "Why you shouldn’t censor your teen’s reading (even the sex and violence)," 4 Feb. 2020 Installed extensions that are used rarely or not at all should always be removed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "More than 200 browser extensions ejected from Firefox and Chrome stores," 30 Jan. 2020 Kenyan port authorities began increasing surveillance at all ports of entry and measuring passenger body temperatures as early as last week. Alexandria Williams, Quartz Africa, "African airports and health bodies ready for China’s coronavirus’ as first suspected cases appear," 28 Jan. 2020 But a few months ago, scientists came to the surprising realization that some of the cells essential for sensing this type of pain aren’t neurons at all. Quanta Magazine, "Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons’ Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers," 27 Jan. 2020 Thermosiphons themselves aren’t new at all, even to computers, but no one has made a successful business of it. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "IceGiant says its giant cooler can even tame AMD's giant Threadripper," 27 Jan. 2020 The outcome of their investigation sharply contradicts the official law enforcement narrative, but in fact Malaysian prosecutors weren’t at all inclined to follow the clues provided by the suspects. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Assassins': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of at all

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of at all was in the 14th century

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9 Feb 2020

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“At all.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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