token

token
The phrase by the same token is used to connect a statement to something said previously, and means roughly ‘for the same reason’ or ‘in the same way’. Although it is used less precisely than these definitions imply, there should always be some causal or consequential connection of this kind:

• I've dined out on a few stories about her. But not ones that matter. By the same token, she could have made quite a good thing about telling how she saw you…that night —D. Halliday, 1970.

It is less appropriate when introducing a parallel or additional circumstance rather than a causally related one: Style is a heady compound of instinct, experience and context: what cuts a dash in the Masai Mara won't necessarily do the trick in Mayfair. By the same token [read: At the same time],

• while style is nailing a kind of timelessness, it has to look modern —Times, 2006


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Token — may refer to:* Token (railway signalling), a physical object given to a locomotive driver to authorize him to use a particular stretch of single railway track * Token coin, a piece of metal or other composition used as a substitute for currency;… …   Wikipedia

  • Token — (aus dem englischen: token) bezeichnet: Token (Münze), eine englische Scheidemünze privater Prägung Token (EDV Netzwerk), eine Bitsequenz in bestimmten EDV Netzwerken Security Token, eine Hardwarekomponente zur Identifizierung und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Token — To ken (t[=o] k n), n. [OE. token, taken, AS. t[=a]cen; akin to OFries. t[=e]ken, OS. t[=e]kan, D. teeken, G. zeichen, OHG. Zeihhan, Icel. t[=a]kan, teiken, Sw. tecken, Dan. tegn, Goth. taikns sign, token, gateihan to tell, show, AS. te[ o]n to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • token — [tō′kən] n. [ME < OE tacn, akin to Ger zeichen < IE base * deik̑ , to point, show > TEACH, TOE, DIGIT, DICTION] 1. a sign, indication, or symbol [a token of one s affection] 2. something serving as a sign of authority, identity,… …   English World dictionary

  • token — ► NOUN 1) a thing serving to represent a fact, quality, feeling, etc. 2) a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services. 3) a disc used to operate a machine or in exchange for particular goods or services. ► ADJECTIVE 1) done for the sake… …   English terms dictionary

  • Token — To ken, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tokened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tokening}.] [AS. t[=a]cnian, fr. t[=a]cen token. See {Token}, n.] To betoken. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tōken — (engl., »Zeichen«), Münzzeichen, Wertzeichen; von englischen Städten und Privatleuten unter eignem Wappen 1648–72 geprägte Kupfermünzen zu 1/2 Penny, dann vor und nach 1800 neben den schlechten Scheidemünzen des Staates von englischen Banken und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • token — I noun augury, auspice, chip, device, emblem, evidence, expression, favor, figurehead, indicant, indicator, keepsake, manifestation, memento, omen, portent, proof, relic, remembrance, sign, souvenir, symbol II index binder, bounty, brand, clue …   Law dictionary

  • Token — ⇡ Token Passing …   Lexikon der Economics

  • token — 1 *sign, mark, symptom, badge, note Analogous words: *symbol, emblem, attribute: *evidence, testimony: indication, proving or proof, betokening (see corresponding verbs at INDICATE) 2 *pledge, earnest, pawn, hostage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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