1. WiltChamberlain

    WiltChamberlain Member

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    Search for Possibly Nonexistent Synonym

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by WiltChamberlain, Feb 20, 2018.

    Hello to all …

    Does anyone have another way to say "or at least?" Very common phrase, I know. If none exists, I understand. Needless to say I have consulted several reputable thesauruses, none of whose options seemed to make any sense to me, before resorting to bothering the writing community here with such trivial matters. I thank you :)
     
  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    There are none. Or at least, none that come to mind!

    hmmm... In that context, depending on how casual you're being, you could use "well"... "There are none. Well, none that come to mind". For a more archaic context, "leastways". Maybe "That is"?
     
  3. ChickenFreak

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    Are you using it in the sense of, "We need at least six chicken legs." or the sense of "At least the chicken didn't burn." ? Or if you have an example, there might be a rephrasing rather than a synonym.

    Edited to add: My two examples could be rephrased as:

    We need no fewer than six chicken legs.
    Well, as one consolation, the chicken didn't burn.
     
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  4. Pepys

    Pepys New Member

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    The only ones I can think of that might remotely fit are 'leastways' , 'leastwise', 'anyway(s)' or 'anyhow'. If I were choosing one of those four, I'd probably go with 'leastways', although it's becoming quite a rare word these days. All four strike me as quite colloquial.
     
  5. surrealscenes

    surrealscenes Senior Member

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    Hopefully one of these will help.
    slightly, somewhat, partially, bit by bit, by degree, halfway, measurably, not entirely, not fully, not wholly, so far as possible, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, up to a certain point, within limits.
     
  6. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Get off my Balzac... Contributor

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    What's wrong with "at least?" Seems like a pretty utilitarian phrase that does everything it's supposed to do without trying to sound fancy. Or draw attention away from the words around it.
     
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    "or at least" is and alternative. To what? To something more desired.
    I hope to win a gold medal, or at least silver.
    so: "failing that", "the next best thing" , "settle for" ? I'm not aware of a one-word synonym.
     
  8. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    Minimally?
     
  9. Fickleflame

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    Or that is

    "At worst" for the "worst case scenario" interpretation and "that is" for the "let me respecify something" aspect.
     
  10. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale Benevolent Ochlocrat Staff Supporter Contributor

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    "At a minimum"?
     
  11. T_L_K

    T_L_K Senior Member

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    rhymezone.com also says "at any rate"
     

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