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Definition of Ceteris paribus

Ceteris paribus: 1. Literally (in Latin), other things the same. 2. Figuratively, all else being equal (staying the same). 3. In research, the effect of one variable when other factors remain constant.

For example, the ceteris paribus thinking has been that the sharp decline in cirrhosis deaths in Paris during the war was due to the drop in wine consumption.

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