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1

Simultaneously, as in We were all scheduled to leave at the same time. This idiom was first recorded in 1526. For synonyms, see at once, def. 1; at one time, def. 1.

2

Nevertheless, however, as in Mary agreed with her mother's criticism, but at the same time she wanted to defend her husband's views. [c. 1700]

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