at any rate

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Related to at any rate: aside from, be all and end all, not to mention, look to, in the first place, first and foremost, pat on the back
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Synonyms for at any rate

used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement

if nothing else ('leastwise' is informal and 'leastways' is colloquial)

References in classic literature ?
At any rate, this whole fiendish transaction was soon hushed up.
I shall at any rate not run after a young man before visitors.
My father, at any rate, had such a decided bent in the direction of literature, that he was not content in any of his several economical experiments till he became the editor of a newspaper, which was then the sole means of satisfying a literary passion.
Reginald Brott is a man, at any rate, and an honest one," she answered.
And at any rate, she lost nothing by continuing the engagement, for she has proved that it fettered neither her inclination nor her actions.