Definition of By all means

1. Adverb. Definitely or certainly. "Visit us by all means"

Language type: Colloquialism
Antonyms: By No Means



Definition of By all means

1. Adverb. (idiomatic) Emphatically yes; certainly; definitely. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of By All Means

by-views
by-wash
by-washes
by-way
by-ways
by-wipe
by-your-leave
by-your-leaves
by George
by God
by Jove
by a long shot
by a whisker
by accident
by all accounts
by all means (current term)
by all odds
by and by
by and large
by any chance
by any means
by artificial means
by chance
by choice
by choice(p)
by committee
by default
by definition
by degrees
by design

Literary usage of By all means

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1867)
"He also urged you, by all means, to retire from the city for your own safety, and subsequently asked me to persuade you to leave as soon as possible, ..."

2. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1909)
"502 “by all means.” XIV. “Let us, therefore,” I continued, “look upon them as thus far persuaded. But, next, will any one contend that sons of kings or ..."

3. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1907)
"And by all means let them hold unto this, namely, that they by no means ... We will and command that abbots and monks by all means be subject to their ..."

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