Meaning of on the one hand in English:

on the one hand

(also on one hand)

phrase

  • Used to introduce a point of view, fact, or situation, followed by another that typically contrasts with it.

    ‘On the one hand, I faced the prospect of losing my day-to-day contact with the kids. On the other, I faced sacrificing my career’
    • ‘On the other hand, a number of species collected were found in only a single drainage.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are those who are at large but whose addresses are well known or ought to be known to the police.’
    • ‘On the other hand, will someone please explain why so many roses are permanently hooked up with weeds?’
    • ‘On the other hand if I don't have the money to leave a tip, I don't sweat over it.’
    • ‘On the other hand puberty is a time for experimentation, and things often get exaggerated in the media.’
    • ‘On the other hand, dispatching the form electronically will at least overcome such petty frustrations.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the North ought to follow suit, respecting the principle of reciprocity.’
    • ‘On the other hand, plum cake contains dry fruits but no apple or carrot, and is baked rather than steamed.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the organic apple juice had patulin at rates of up to 45,000 micrograms per litre.’
    • ‘On the other hand, we're not allowed to ship apples to Australia for a much smaller risk.’
    on the other hand, as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute, as a replacement