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all else being equal
When external circumstances or factors do not or will not affect the outcome or decision of something at hand. All else being equal, I don't see our relationship continuing for much longer.
equal to the occasion
Having the necessary ability, talent, qualities, or capability to handle or accomplish a given role or situation. The young soldier proved equal to the occasion and saved his platoon from an enemy ambush. We need a manager who can lead project initiatives and efficiently direct employees—do you think you're equal to the occasion?
equal to the task
Having the necessary ability, talent, qualities, or capability to handle or accomplish a given role or situation. The young soldier proved equal to the task and saved his platoon from an enemy ambush. We need a manager who can lead project initiatives and efficiently direct employees—do you think you're equal to the task?
all things being equal
In the event that all aspects of a situation remain the same. Now, I know there are a lot of risks involved, but, all things being equal, I think we should still move ahead with the deal. Alexis is really nervous about committing to a mortgage, but, all things being equal, it will prove to be a great investment.
be first among equals
To be more important or renowned than one's peers. Riley is the best choice for that difficult project—she's first among equals.
equal in (someone or something)
To be the same as someone or something in some way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "equal" and "in." The twins may be equal in stature, but Erin has a much bigger personality than Caitlin. My idea equals anyone else's in merit, and I am determined to present it to the mayor herself.
equal to (someone or something)
1. As skilled or accomplished as someone else. I don't understand why I didn't get the promotion when I am certainly equal to Greg in every way.
2. Having the necessary ability, talent, qualities, or capability to handle or accomplish a given role or situation. The young soldier proved equal to the task and saved his platoon from an enemy ambush.
first among equals
More important or renowned than one's peers. Riley is the best choice for that difficult project—she's first among equals.
other things being equal
In the event that all aspects of a situation remain the same. Now, I know there are a lot of risks involved, but, other things being equal, I think we should still move ahead with the deal. Alexis is really nervous about committing to a mortgage, but, other things being equal, it will prove to be a great investment.
equal someone or something in something
to be even or identical with someone or something in something. John equals Bill in strength and size, I think. This cake equals that one in texture but not in richness.
someone as good or as accomplished as someone else. I certainly feel equal to Randy. He's nothing special. I don't think that Bill feels equal to Bob, even though they are twins.
(someone or something) able to handle or deal with someone or something. I'm afraid that I'm not equal to Mrs. Smith's problem right now. Please ask her to come back later. That's a very difficult task, but I'm sure Bill is equal to it.
other things being equaland all things being equal
Cliché if things stay the way they are now; if there are no complications from other factors. Other things being equal, we should have no trouble getting your order to you on time. I anticipate no problems, all things being equal.
separate but equal
segregated but of equal value or quality. (A doctrine once sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding racial segregation.) The separate but equal doctrine was abandoned years ago. They were provided with facilities that were said to be separate but equal—but were really of a lower standard.
Adequate or fit in ability or extent, as in I'm not sure I'm equal to the task. [Late 1600s] Also see feel up to; up to.
other things being equal
Also, all else being equal. Given the same circumstances, as in Other things being equal, I prefer the green sofa. This term is a translation of the Latin phrase ceteris paribus, which was widely used until the 18th century, when it began to be replaced by the English equivalent.
separate but equal
Relating to or affected by a policy whereby two groups may be segregated if they are given equal facilities and opportunities. For example, They've divided up the physical education budget so that the girls' teams are separate but equal to the boys . This idiom comes from a Louisiana law of 1890, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson, "requiring all railway companies carrying passengers on their trains in this state, to provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races." Subsequently it was widely used to separate African-Americans from the white population through a general policy of racial segregation. In 1954, in a unanimous ruling to end school segregation, the Supreme Court finally overturned the law (in Brown v. Board of Education).
first among equalsthe person or thing having the highest status in a group.
This expression is a translation of the Latin phrase primus inter pares , which is also used in English.
other (or all) things being equalprovided that other factors or circumstances remain the same.
1996 E. D. Hirsch Jr. Schools We Need Other things being equal, students from good-home schools will always have an educational advantage over students from less-good-home schools.
be without ˈequal,
have no ˈequal(formal) be better than anything else or anyone else of the same type: He was a violinist without equal.
on equal ˈterms (with somebody/something),
on the same ˈterms (as somebody/something)with no difference or advantage over another person; as equals: We’re not competing on equal terms; the other team has one more player. ♢ A good teacher should treat all her students on the same terms.
ˌsome (people, members, etc.) are more equal than ˈothers(saying) although the members of a society, group, etc. appear to be equal, some get better treatment than othersThis phrase is used by one of the pigs in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell: ‘All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.’
ˌfirst among ˈequalsthe person or thing with the highest status in a group: Our history classes were usually open discussion-groups between us and our teacher, with the teacher as first among equals.
in some, equal, etc. ˈmeasure(formal) to some, etc. extent or degree: The introduction of a new tax accounted in some measure for the downfall of the government. ♢ Our thanks are due in equal measure to every member of the team.
See also: measure