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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 The White House has signaled that President Biden will be focused on passing a COVID relief bill and not on the impeachment trial at all. James Pindell,, "A key subplot of Trump’s impeachment trial: the clock," 9 Feb. 2021 Shamir is profoundly distrustful, while Assad questions whether the Syrians should be making peace with the Israelis at all. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "The Human Factor Tallies the What Ifs of Israel-Palestine Peace Talks," 8 Feb. 2021 Now, the main limit to crop growth was phosphorus—and as long as the phosphate mines hummed, that was no limit at all. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, "We Broke Phosphorus," 8 Feb. 2021 Unlike the other cuts of beef, grade doesn’t matter at all for tenderness at the end. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "How to cook beef tongue (lengua) 3 different ways at home: in a slow cooker for street tacos, braised like a pot roast and smoked like brisket," 8 Feb. 2021 If Earthjustice is at all successful in its lawsuit, it will likely be paid by the agency. Zhonette Brown, National Review, "Biden’s Activist Recruits Raise Risk of ‘Sue and Settle’ Collusion," 7 Feb. 2021 Or what if no one scores at all during the initial overtime period? Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Super Bowl LV: What if there’s a tie? Here are the overtime rules," 7 Feb. 2021 As far as banks, insurance firms and the like are concerned, there might just as well have been no deal at all. The Economist, "Brexit and the City Access to the EU financial-services market is not worth the price," 6 Feb. 2021 Collier, 61, was not at all surprised to learn that Jackson had piloted his boat through heavy seas to get the first vaccines to her village. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, "How is Alaska leading the nation in vaccinating residents? With boats, ferries, planes and snowmobiles.," 6 Feb. 2021

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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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15 Feb 2021

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“At all.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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