all things considered

all things considered (not comparable)

  1. (modal, idiomatic) Generally speaking; in terms of the big picture.
    Of course some areas are more dangerous than others, but all things considered Glasgow is quite a safe place to live.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 7
      Jurgis lost his temper very little, however, all things considered.
  2. (modal, idiomatic) Despite possible indications to the contrary.
    Though only a few people attended the premiere, all things considered the play was rather a success.
  3. (modal, idiomatic) Within the constraints of the situation.
    Although rationing was strict, they had a couple of chickens and a vegetable patch and they ate well, all things considered.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: tout bien considéré, tout bien réfléchi
  • Italian: tutto sommato
  • Portuguese: no final das contas
  • Russian: учи́тывая все обстоя́тельства

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