the pros and cons

pros and cons

The positive ("pros") and negative ("cons") aspects of something. Any time I have to make a tough decision, I take a moment to consider the pros and cons.
See also: and, con, pro

pros and cons

Arguments or considerations for and against something, as in We'd best weigh all the pros and cons before we decide to add a new wing to the library. This idiom is taken from the Latin pro for "for" and con for "against." [Late 1500s]
See also: and, con, pro

the pros and cons

the arguments for and against something; the advantages and disadvantages of something.
Pro is Latin for ‘for’; con is an abbreviation of Latin contra , meaning ‘against’.
See also: and, con, pro

the ˌpros and ˈcons (of something)

the arguments for and against something; the advantages and disadvantages (of something): Your idea is interesting, but let’s look carefully at its pros and cons before we take any decisions.This expression comes from the Latin words pro, meaning ‘for’, and contra, meaning ‘against’.
See also: and, con, pro
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He read many wise things in books, but he could only judge from his own experience (he did not know whether he was different from other people); he did not calculate the pros and cons of an action, the benefits which must befall him if he did it, the harm which might result from the omission; but his whole being was urged on irresistibly.
At length the lady of the caravan shook off her fit of meditation, and, summoning the driver to come under the window at which she was seated, held a long conversation with him in a low tone of voice, as if she were asking his advice on an important point, and discussing the pros and cons of some very weighty matter.
org), a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking on controversial topics, explores the pros and cons of gun control on its newest website, http://gun-control.
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Then he listed the pros and cons beneath separate columns.
The pros and cons of single-stream processing and the future role of scrap paper brokers are among issues to be explored at the 2002 Paper Recycling Conference & Trade Show, June 23-25 in New Orleans.
Still, a CPA shouldn't rush into accepting the role of executor or trustee without first considering the pros and cons.
Take a look at the pros and cons of the traditional curve balls (Uncle Charlie and the Yellow Hammer), and compare them to the modern power slider on page 63.
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