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Adverb: at any rate
  1. Used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
    "but at any rate he got a knighthood for it";
    - anyhow, anyway, anyways [N. Amer, informal], in any case, in any event, anyroad [UK, dialect]
  2. If nothing else
    "they felt--at any rate Jim felt--relieved though still wary"; "the influence of economists--or at any rate of economics--is far-reaching";
    - at least, leastways [informal], leastwise [informal]