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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?
in some measure
To a certain degree or extent; somewhat. While hard work and perseverance will take you far, success also depends in some measure on good fortune.
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)
The same as someone or something in a particular way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "equal" and "in." The twins may be equal in stature, but Erin has a much more flamboyant 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 or something 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.
be without equal
To be superior to others of one's or its kind. As a lawyer, Janice is truly without equal. The reigning Super Bowl champions continue to play as if they're without equal. The newest car from Ferrari is without equal.
in equal measure(s)
To an equal degree or extent; in an equal amount or portion. We've worked in equal measure with law enforcement and mental health professionals to tackle the issue. Now, now—blame must be shared in equal measures for this.
on equal terms
With or having no difference in position or advantage. I find couple's therapy to be helpful because it gives each partner a chance to air their frustrations in an environment where they are on equal terms. We do everything in our power to ensure that every athlete is able to compete on equal terms in our tournament.
some are more equal than others
Some types of people are treated more favorably or preferably than others, despite an appearance of equality. A noun can be used after "some" to specify the type of person being described. The idea is that everyone's point of view is equally valid, but in the mainstream media, some are more equal than others. The tax code is constructed in such a way that some taxpayers are more equal than others.
separate but equal
Referring to a doctrine or policy holding that two or more groups may be segregated so long as they have the same kinds of resources, facilities, and opportunities. This was once a prevalent and legally protected policy regarding the status of African-American citizens in the United States following the abolition of slavery until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the case of African Americans, as in most other instances of such a policy, such facilities and opportunities were separate but rarely truly equal. Sometimes hyphenated if used before a noun. Separate but equal is a contradiction in terms—if people are forced to be separate, they can never truly be equal.
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.
in some measure
Somewhat, to a certain extent, as in In some measure we owe these privileges to our parents. Shakespeare used this term in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1:2): "I will condole in some measure." Similarly, in large measure, dating from the same period, means "to a considerable extent," as in In large measure the two sides agree. [c. 1600]
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.