what does the expression''if you will'' mean?

I'm an ESL student.thanx in advance!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If you so desire.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "If you will" is sort of a way of indicating uncertainty about a word or phrase. i.e., The president is, if you will, a figurehead.

    And to piggyback off of what Joe S said, yeah it is basically a pompous expression to use. It became ridiculously popular from the writings of Henry James... since then, people who use "if you will" are generally thought to be trying to imitate that level of sophistication.

  • 1 decade ago

    "If you will permit me to say" or "if you will pardon my saying so"

    Find a witty article on this expression by clicking on the link I've provided as the source.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "if you will allow me to use that term/word/phrase." Basically, it's just some expression high class people like Mitt Romney like to use to show off their pseudo-intellect.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Used in a sentence like, Think, if you will, about ....'

    It means think, if you want to, about....

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