on the other hand

on the oth·er hand
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee uhth -er hand]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði ˈʌð ər hænd/
    • /ɒn ðə ˈʌðə(r) hænd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee uhth -er hand]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði ˈʌð ər hænd/

Definitions of on the other hand words

  • noun on the other hand the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb. 1
  • noun on the other hand the corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates. 1
  • noun on the other hand a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon. 1
  • noun on the other hand something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock. 1
  • noun on the other hand index (def 8). 1
  • noun on the other hand a person employed in manual labor or for general duties; worker; laborer: a factory hand; a ranch hand. 1

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Origin of on the other hand

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

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Parts of speech for On the other hand


on the other hand popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

on the other hand usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for on the other hand

adv on the other hand

  • abnormally — not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard: abnormal powers of concentration; an abnormal amount of snow; abnormal behavior.
  • after all — You use after all when introducing a statement which supports or helps explain something you have just said.
  • again — You use again to indicate that something happens a second time, or after it has already happened before.
  • along with — accompanying; together with
  • antagonistically — acting in opposition; opposing, especially mutually.

prep on the other hand

  • at any rate — You use at any rate to indicate that what you have just said might be incorrect or unclear in some way, and that you are now being more precise.
  • but — You use but to introduce something which contrasts with what you have just said, or to introduce something which adds to what you have just said.
  • in any case — an instance of the occurrence, existence, etc., of something: Sailing in such a storm was a case of poor judgment.

conj on the other hand

  • conversely — You say conversely to indicate that the situation you are about to describe is the opposite or reverse of the one you have just described.
  • in other words — that is to say

adverb on the other hand

  • alternatively — You use alternatively to introduce a suggestion or to mention something different to what has just been stated.
  • despite — You use despite to introduce a fact which makes the other part of the sentence surprising.
  • dissimilarly — In a dissimilar way; differently.
  • including — to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element: The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
  • incompatibly — In an incompatible manner.

preposition on the other hand

  • although — You use although to introduce a subordinate clause which contains a statement which contrasts with the statement in the main clause.
  • nonetheless — however; nevertheless.
  • notwithstanding — in spite of; without being opposed or prevented by: Notwithstanding a brilliant defense, he was found guilty. She went to the game anyway, doctor's orders notwithstanding.
  • withal — with it all; as well; besides.
  • yet — at the present time; now: Don't go yet. Are they here yet?

conjunction on the other hand

  • either — Used before the first of two (or occasionally more ) alternatives that are being specified (the other being introduced by “ or ”).
  • or — a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when either or both operands are positive.

Antonyms for on the other hand

conjunction on the other hand

  • neither — not either; not the one or the other: Neither statement is true.
  • nor — a Boolean operator that returns a positive result when both operands are negative.

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