'For the sake of' - Meaning

"For the sake of" can have two basic meanings: 1.) for the purpose of something or 2.) with consideration for someone.

For the sake of can have three basic meanings:

  1. For the purpose of something, or because you want to achieve a specific result. For example: "My grandfather quit smoking for the sake of his health."
  2. With consideration for someone or something. For example: "For the sake of our audience, we'll have this interview in English."
  3. "For the sake of it" is a widely used idiom in everyday conversations. It means that you do something for no particular reason. You do it because you want to.

1. For the Purpose of Something (Examples)

  • For the sake of transparency, government should publish data about their activities.
  • For the sake of clarity, the technical details will be put in annexes.
  • We have, for the sake of brevity, omitted some issues.
  • I want to help children in poor countries for the sake of human rights.
  • Our organization helps the most vulnerable sectors of the population for the sake of justice and balance.
  • John lives for the sake of others. "This is my mission in life", he says.
  • Links to the most relevant websites are provided for the sake of convenience.

2. With Consideration for Someone or Something (Examples)

  • For Gabriel's sake, please, speak in Spanish. You know he doesn't understand English very well.
  • I became a vegetarian for the sake of the animals.
  • Please, be kind for the sake of the elderly.
  • For the audience's sake, do not use sophisticated words.
  • For the sake of new users, we have included clear instructions on how to operate the machine.

3. 'For the Sake of it' (Examples)

  • She eats for the sake of it, without being hungry.
  • I was so bored that started singing just for the sake of it.

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