A phrase used in an attempt to modify sweeping generalization into inductive argument by reducing the circumstances under which the generality might be considered false, given the semantics of averaging.
On average, goods that cost more energy to produce are better than goods that cost less energy to produce. You know, like a steak versus a salad. Or a Rolex versus a Timex. They're just better - I'm just saying - on average.
by Jethro T. October 11, 2010