ceteris paribus


ce·​te·​ris pa·​ri·​bus ˈkā-tər-əs-ˈpa-rə-bəs How to pronounce ceteris paribus (audio)
: if all other relevant things, factors, or elements remain unaltered

Examples of ceteris paribus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contrary to the usual caricature, advocates of shareholder primacy recognize that companies operate in the real world, not in a ceteris paribus economic simulation. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Dec. 2023 Note that carbon-fibre composites make aircraft lighter, and therefore cut emissions, ceteris paribus. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 June 2021 CARB Oversupply is one of many design features keeping carbon prices low in California The effect of oversupply, ceteris paribus, is to keep allowance prices low, which has always been the main policy priority of the oil industry. David Roberts, Vox, 12 Dec. 2018 This could have underestimated the effect of evangelical voters, who are, ceteris paribus, more likely to be poor and live in difficult-to-access areas. Ryan Lloyd, Vox, 26 Oct. 2018

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Word History


New Latin, other things being equal

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ceteris paribus was in 1601

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“Ceteris paribus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ceteris%20paribus. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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