so long as

conjunction

1
: during and up to the end of the time that : while
so long as you are here, I'm fine
2
: provided that
you may go, so long as you return by dinnertime

Examples of so long as in a Sentence

so long as you're staying with us, you may not smoke indoors
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of so long as was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near so long as

Cite this Entry

“So long as.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so%20long%20as. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

so long as

conjunction
1
: during and up to the end of the time that : while
so long as you are here, I feel safe
2
: provided that
you may go, so long as you behave yourself
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