on the one hand, on the other hand

Definition of on the one hand, on the other hand

  1. —used to introduce statements that describe two different or opposite ideas, people, etc. On the one hand, I think the price is fair, but on the other (hand), I really can't afford to spend that much money. He's a good guy. His brother, on the other hand, is a very selfish man.

Word by Word Definitions

handplay
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ :  the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

    :  the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

    :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine

  1. :  to touch or manage with the hands

    :  to deal with

    :  furl

otherplay
  1. :  being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

    :  being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

    :  second

  1. :  one that remains of two or more

    :  a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

    :  a different or additional one

  1. :  one of two that remains

    :  each preceding one

    :  a different or additional one

  1. :  otherwise


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up on the one hand, on the other hand? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!