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ceteris paribus

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With all other factors or things remaining the same.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. other things being equal; with all other things or factors remaining the same.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, other things being equal; being evenly matched in other respects; other conditions corresponding, etc.: as, ceteris paribus, a large man is generally stronger than a small one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. all other things being equal

Etymologies

New Latin cēterīs pāribus, with other things equal : Latin cēterīs, ablative pl. of cēterus, the other, the rest + Latin pāribus, ablative pl. of pār, equal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin cēterīs, the ablative plural of cēterus ("the other"), + pāribus, the ablative plural of pār ("equal"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Poor fellow, he is craving to be married, and ceteris paribus I suppose humanity allows it to be a claim, though John Mill doesn't.

    The Life of Froude

Comments

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  • JM is more than equal to ceteris paribus most of the time.

    March 31, 2011

  • "The order of the conjuncts makes a difference. There are two countervailing forces at work here. First, there is a much discussed general principle that, ceteris paribus, prefers to put the most salient or significant item first (this principle sometimes competes with another, which prefers shorter before longer); since people generally take themselves to be the most salient or significant entities in their environments, this principle would prefer 1sg first (as in me and Kim). But against this is a potent (at least in our culture) 'politeness' principle that says that 1sg should come second in coordinations, as in Kim and I, because we should defer to other people."

    – Arnold Zwicky, "Coordinate Possessives", Language Log (12 Oct. 2008)

    October 13, 2008