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in the last analysis

When everything has been considered; when all the facts are known or the truth has come to light. In the last analysis, it is the lowest earners in society who have been hit worst by this economic downturn. Rebarbative though he may be, in the last analysis, his dismissal comes down to his incompetency at the job.
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in the ˌlast/ˌfinal aˈnalysis

used to say what is most important after everything has been discussed or considered: In the final analysis, humour is a matter of individual interpretation.
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in the last analysis

In the end, after everything has been considered. This phrase, also put as in the final analysis, apparently is a translation of the French en dernier analyse. It was used by Edgar Allan Poe (Chambers’s Journal, 1844): “Now this mode of reasoning . . . what in the last analysis is it?”
See also: analysis, last
References in classic literature ?
In the last analysis we reach the circle of infinity- that final limit to which in every domain of thought man's reason arrives if it is not playing with the subject.
Her consciousness, if they let it alone--as they of course after this mercifully must--WAS, in the last analysis, a kind of shy romance.
And this right of the individual to hold property is demonstrated, in the last analysis, to rest solely and wholly upon MIGHT.
Like all time-saving inventions, like the railroad, the reaper, and the Bessemer converter, the telephone, in the last analysis, COSTS NOTHING; IT IS THE LACK OF IT THAT COSTS.
He had distinctly not, in this steadier light, come over ALL for the monstrosities; he had come, not only in the last analysis but quite on the face of the act, under an impulse with which they had nothing to do.
last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high
But the kindly knowledge of the main forces in human nature, the unfailing sympathy, and the irrepressible conviction that happiness depends in the last analysis on the individual will and character make Goldsmith's writings, especially
By it a race must rise or fall, succeed or fail, and in the last analysis mere sentiment counts for little.
In the last analysis, love is only the reflection of a man's own worthiness from other men.
Every hospital, every school, every business, has to believe that what it is doing is an essential contribution on which all the other in the community depend in the last analysis.
In the last analysis it was the very people who wept so incontinently at her funeral who were responsible for her horrible death.
Since the beginning of its intervention in the country, and since the last analysis of risk, the politico-security
The book is a fast-paced, compelling read because, although these stories are about murder and media, in the last analysis, they are about us--our emotions, our passions, our desires.
This is what patriotism means in the last analysis.
The last analysis in the first part of the book presented by Ruth Gavison summarizes the importance of the UN partition resolution today.