no ifs, ands, or buts

Definition of no ifs, ands, or buts

used to indicate certainty
  • As far as I'm concerned, she's the most qualified candidate, and there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

Word by Word Definitions

if play ifs
  1. : in the event that

  2. : allowing that

  3. : on the assumption that

  1. : condition, stipulation

  2. : supposition

and play ands
  1. used as a function word to express logical modification, consequence, antithesis, or supplementary explanation

  2. used as a function word to join one finite verb (such as go, come, try) to another so that together they are logically equivalent to an infinitive of purpose

  3. : if

  1. : a logical operator that requires both of two inputs to be present or two conditions to be met for an output to be made or a statement to be executed

but play buts
  1. : except for the fact

  2. : that

  3. : without the concomitant that

  1. : with the exception of : barring — compare 1but 2c

  2. : other than

  3. : without, lacking

  1. : only, merely

  2. : outside

  3. : to the contrary

  1. : that not : who not

  1. : the kitchen or living quarters of a 2-room cottage


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