at any rate
at any rate (adv)
anyhow, anyway, anyways, in any case, at any rate, in any event (adverb)
used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
"Anyhow, he is dead now"; "I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"; "I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"; "anyway, there is another factor to consider"; "I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle"; "in any event, the government faced a serious protest"; "but at any rate he got a knighthood for it"
at least, leastways, leastwise, at any rate (adverb)
if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial)
"at least he survived"; "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 any rate (Adverb)
In any case, anyway, anyhow, regardless; used to discard a previous thought.