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Atatürk
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The medieval world was, to be sure, mysterious and filled with wonder, but it was not without a sense of order. Ordinary men and women might not clearly grasp how the harsh realities of their lives fit into the grand and benevolent design, but they had no doubt that there was such a design, and their priests were well able, by deduction from a handful of principles, to make it, if not rational, at least coherent.

https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/7-habits-highly-educated-people/

What does "to be sure" mean in the above?

BobShilling
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Atatürk
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Thank you. It didn't occur to me it could be a set phrase.

Parents make the rules. To be sure, many of the rules are no longer appropriate today.

How can the phrase be paraphrased in the above?
NancyUK
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:30:12 AM

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Hi Atatürk

This is one of the times where TFD has put the idioms are in the dictionary definition, instead of in the Idioms section. I'm not sure why this happens - perhaps really common idioms are under the definition. It would be more consistent if the idioms were at least repeated under the Idioms section, as it does make it harder to look things up if you don't already know the answer!

Collins in TFD gives:

16. to be sure
a. without doubt; certainly
b. it has to be acknowledged; admittedly
Atatürk
Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:46:54 AM

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So the following have the same meaning, yes?

Parents make the rules. To be sure, many of the rules are no longer appropriate today.


Parents make the rules. Without doubt, many of the rules are no longer appropriate today.
NancyUK
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Hi again

Perhaps admittedly would be nearer the right meaning.

Parents make the rules. Admittedly (it has to be acknowledged), many of the rules are no longer appropriate today.

An example might be:

Parents tell their children not to talk to strangers. This used to be appropriate, as they were in some danger of being abducted while out is public, but admittedly they are now probably more in danger from speaking to predatory adults, masquerading as children on social media.
Atatürk
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Hi and thank you Nancy.

So it means that we have to acknowledge that many of those rules are no longer appropriate. Yes?

NancyUK
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:30:56 AM

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Hi Atatürk

Yes, that is how I would understand it.
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