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on balance

Considering everything; all taken together. There have been ups and downs, but on balance we've had a very successful first year of business.
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on balance

Taking everything into consideration, as in On balance I think we've had a very good year. This expression, which in effect means "balancing all the factors involved," was first recorded in 1719.
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on balance

when all factors have been taken into consideration.
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on ˈbalance

when advantages and disadvantages, successes and failures, etc. have been compared: It has been decided that, on balance, she is the best person for the job despite her lack of experience.
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on balance

Taking everything into consideration; all in all.
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