Definition of At any rate

1. Adverb. Used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement. "But at any rate he got a knighthood for it"

2. Adverb. If nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial). "The influence of economists--or at any rate of economics--is far-reaching"
Exact synonyms: At Least, Leastways, Leastwise
Language type: Colloquialism

Definition of At any rate

1. Adverb. (context: conjunctive) In any case, anyway, anyhow, regardless; ''used to discard a previous thought''. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of At Any Rate

at a loss for words
at a low price
at a lower place
at a moment's notice
at a pinch
at a premium
at a rate of knots
at a stand
at a time
at all
at all costs
at all hours
at an equal rate
at any cost
at any expense
at any rate (current term)
at arm's length
at bat
at bats
at bay
at bay(p)
at best
at bottom
at call
at church every time the doors are open
at close range
at cost
at cross-purposes
at daggers drawn
at dark

Literary usage of At any rate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sons and Lovers by David Herbert Lawrence (1922)
"It was littered with rubble from water, but at any rate it was easier. They cleaned r boots with twigs. His heart was beating thick and '•uddenly, ..."

2. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... and of those who are beforehand in attacking, or, at any rate, let those who are going to attack them все beforehand that they will defend themselves, ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"at any rate, the decline does not necessarily indicate an improvement in sexual morality. Nor does a high rate of illegitimacy in a country prove that the ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"But if the objection above stated were less tenable than it is, still it is at any rate, essential to the action, that the plaintiff should have sustained ..."

5. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (1906)
"And yet these two people were thoroughly in love with each other; and though one was a middle-aged clergyman, and the other a lady at any rate past the ..."

6. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... a/í<f>uc(á<rcra.s ' dressing timber of ash ', which at any rate affords a definite and intelligible sense. ..."

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