I emailed my teacher a question, and he answered with the following sentence:

Titan atmospheric conditions are nearly identical to Earth's in many regards.

What does regards mean in this context?

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    in many regards = in many points, in many aspects, in many things. – JayHook Jul 2 '13 at 20:56

It means "in many ways." You may also see "in many respects" or "in many aspects" sometimes. They all mean mostly the same thing.

  • Hello phenry, so atmospheric pressure can be one of these "regards"? – user114 Jul 2 '13 at 21:33
  • @Carlo_R.: Yes, it can mean any aspect that is worth considering. – phenry Jul 2 '13 at 21:50

It's a "comprehensible" usage, but very unusual. I suggest you forget about regards, and use respects...

in many respects it is similar (28,700 hits in Google Books)
in many regards it is similar (10 hits)

  • And 252 hits for "in many aspects it is similar". – BobRodes Jul 4 '13 at 5:36
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    @Bob: Not to mention 18,900 hits for in many ways it is similar. I was only really interested in making the point that regards isn't at all common in OP's construction. Personally I wouldn't endorse it at all except in restricted contexts where you say things like "in that regard" meaning "looked at in that way", which I don't think really applies here. – FumbleFingers Jul 4 '13 at 14:10

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