ceteris paribus

ce·​te·​ris pa·​ri·​bus | \ ˈkā-tər-əs-ˈpa-rə-bəs How to pronounce ceteris paribus (audio) , ˈke-, ˈse-\

Definition of ceteris paribus

: if all other relevant things, factors, or elements remain unaltered

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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, "California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job," 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, "Pollin’ ain’t easy: why did Brazilian pollsters go so badly astray in 2018?," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of ceteris paribus

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ceteris paribus

New Latin, other things being equal

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