Above All

Meaning and Usage

“Above all” is an idiomatic expression used to indicate that something is the most important thing to consider or prioritize. It is often used to emphasize a point or to highlight the most critical aspect of a situation.


  • “Above all, we need to prioritize safety when designing this product.”
  • “The most important thing in life, above all else, is to be happy.”
  • “We need to remember, above all, that our customers are the reason we’re in business.”


The origins of “above all” can be traced back to Old English, where it was originally used in religious texts to refer to God as the highest power. Over time, it came to be used more generally to refer to the most important thing in any given situation.


  • most importantly
  • primarily
  • chiefly
  • principally
  • primarily
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