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by no means


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv by no means definitely not "the prize is by no means certain","and that isn't all, not by a long sight"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In most American states, a wedding ring is exempt by law from inclusion among the assets in a bankruptcy estate. This means that a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors, no matter how much the bankrupt person owes.
    • By no means not at all; certainly not; not in any degree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • By no means certainly not
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  • Joyce Maynard
    Joyce Maynard
    “The word no Carries a lot more meaning when spoken by a parent who also knows how to say yes.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Before my term has ended, we shall have to test anew whether a nation organized and governed such as ours can endure. The outcome is by no means certain.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. meien (Fr. moyen)—L. medianus, enlarged form of medius.


In literature:

Such was by no means the case.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
The town of Castlemaine by no means came up to the description of my travelling companion.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Some few decades back, this was, however, by no means the case.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Drains and cesspools, indeed, are by no means in such evil odour as they used to be.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
As to the ancient Babylonian, or rather Chaldean, art in sculpture, the last word has by no means been said on that subject.
"Chaldea" by Zénaïde A. Ragozin
Afternoon tea was by no means a regular institution at the vicarage of Long Whindale, and Sarah never supplied it without signs of protest.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Miriam had an interview with General Williams, which was by no means satisfactory.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Betty wondered how the provisions could be procured for so small a sum; but Fanny was by no means doubtful.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
It would be however no difficult task to shew that it by no means merits this high eulogium.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
He was most favourably impressed by the moral qualities of the natives of Mallicolo, but by no means so in regard to their physical powers.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The poor shy girl felt only too glad to leave behind her the cruel, staring, and now by no means approving eyes of her schoolmates.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
Their clothes are in rags, they are by no means perfectly clean in their persons, and they look half-starved.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
This at least I know, that he did so in no ignoble way, by no mean little suspicions.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
As Gudel was by no means ill-natured, he shook hands with her.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Besides, my dear, chemistry is by no means confined to works of art.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
He was by no means thin or ascetic.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Rather a nice looking man, with by no means unpleasant face.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The Australian blacks have plenty of legends of the most barbaric character, but by no means void of poetical features.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
We have already proved that Ham was not the youngest son of Noah; and it by no means follows from Gen. x.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said, and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

"My darter's no pratty young doll -
I'm a plain-spoken Zommerzet man -
Now what do 'ee mean by my POLL,
And what do 'ee mean by his ANN?
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'At his tribunal ye'll appear--
The wicked tremble there with fear,
The guilty will by no means clear,
Condemn he will;
To them in judgment will come near,
That blood do spill.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
Then I cast down the knife upon the ground
And saw that mean man for one moment crowned.
I turned and laughed: for there was no one by--
The man that I had sought to slay was I.
"Thou Shall Not Kill" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
There may be much — the world at least says so —
Behind that ponderous brow and thoughtful gaze;
Yet such a great philosopher should know,
It is by no means wise to think always.
"To a Captive Owl" by Henry Timrod
Without it, thou hast nought with Christ to do —
Without it, thy best works are mean and low —
Without it, thou to God no joy canst give —
But, "by his faith, the just shall ever live."
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
If father, if mother, if daughter, if son,
If houses, if lands, if the wife of thy love —
Shou'd strive to pervert thee — by no means be won
Thy faith, and thy zeal towards Christ to remove.
"We Must Cleave To Christ, Without Suffering Any Thing To Turn Us Away From Him" by Rees Prichard

In news:

She is by no means alone.
David Bain's compensation is by no means certain.
Mr Boubèye also reportedly is calling upon the presidents of Algeria and Mauritania, whose interests in the affair are explicit though by no means parallel to Mali's (or to each other's or to France's, for that matter.
Here are a few but by no means all of the Brooklyn blogs.
ARLINGTON — Statistically speaking, this was by no means a typical Tony Romo game.
It's by no means terrible.
Although there is growing demand for energy-efficient audio/video products, green AV is by no means a slam dunk.
To be clear, by no means am I taking anything away from Manziel.
But my message is that places and things are by no means a prerequisite for being mindful or for developing a contemplative practice such as meditation.
Qatar, the tiny monarchy on the Persian Gulf that's rich in natural gas, is by no means a free country.
Despite what the headlines implied about Binti's moral fiber, the answer is by no means clear.
A healthy – but by no means record – turnout this morning meant long waits at the polls for some.
Taylor Swift is by no means a one-trick pony.
Apartheid drove him into exile but by no means muzzled him.
President Barack Obama renewed the case for his domestic and economic agenda on Tuesday, warning Americans eager for better news on the economy that "by no means are we out of the woods ".

In science:

While by no means universally useful, RR does apply to a wide variety of problems.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
It must be emphasized, though, that this relation between TFT and chiral CFT does by no means imply that the two theories are equivalent.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The picture to-date, however, is by no means complete even in General Relativity and the search is continued.
Is Nature Generic?
However this issue is, by no means, trivial and I shall have something to say on this later.
Monte Carlo: Basics
This is by no means true for partial differential equations.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
The model treated here is by no means unique.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
The states given by equation(8) are by no means equilibrium thermodynamical states.
Nonlinear Regimes in Thermostats of Berendsen's Type
For example, the above bound is by no means the tightest possible.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
By the word “cursory” we mean that our ob jective is to find an asymptotic bound which is by no means the tightest possible.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
We shall show how this apparent conflict is resolved, although the discussion should by no means be considered as rigorous.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
The systems described here are not easy by no means.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
We wish to emphasize, however, that the list of previously known perfect-fluid solutions possessing confocal inside ellipsoidal symmetry presented here is by no means meant to be complete, there might as well exist other solutions in the literature, also belonging to the examined class.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
Such a band arrangement is consistent with (although by no means conclusive evidence for) a recent suggestion23 that formation of Zhang-Rice magnetic polarons is responsible for hole-mediated ferromagnetism in (Ga,Mn)N.
Self-interaction effects in (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)N
We have opposed this point of view in three preceding papers (-) predicting a positive result which by no means would contradict Special relativity, but only some restrictive ways of dealing with this theory.
Eppur, si muove !
It has a definite purpose, objective, function. It does not operate in equilibrium i.e. it is adaptive, dynamic, and always changing. It has collective behavior that cannot be inferred from its parts/elements (Cilliers, 5). This definition is by no means complete.
Complex Systems