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"Every coin has two sides" or "there are two sides to every story" is often over-used and may even come off as cliche-sounding. I will of course use them still if that's what I really want to say.

However, in the spirit of curiosity, I want to find an existing academic-sounding equivalent of this concept.

To be more specific, what I don't like about it is how wordy it is. I want to reduce the core message to just 2-4 words.

My first thought was to use Latin to convey the core message, but perhaps that's not within the English SE periphery. Just for illustration, here is a somewhat common usage of Latin in English-language publications: chaos begets chaos

abyssus abyssum invocat

How can I shorten or otherwise make "there are two sides to every story" more academic sounding?

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  • Dual-sided story or event...
    – Ram Pillai
    Feb 3, 2021 at 6:51

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The Latin expression:

Audiatur et altera pars

(literally, let the other side also be heard) is a relatively common exhortation, in English contexts, to keep in mind that there are two sides to every story.

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Perhaps flip side is what you're looking for

The opposite side

“The flip side of retrospectively savaging the loser is beatifying ... the winner” (Charles Krauthammer).

[American Heritage Dictionary]

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