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[hou-soh-ev-er] /ˌhaʊ soʊˈɛv ər/
to whatsoever extent or degree.
in whatsoever manner.
Origin of howsoever
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at how1, so1, ever Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • howsoever, some folks seem to think they have, and what I am trying to get at is, have they?

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • howsoever, they paid for that at a heavy ransom, as ye shall hear by and by.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • The world may be in thee, howsoever thou art out of the world.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • howsoever, he's askin' after ye, and maybe ye'd like a crack wi' him.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • howsoever, my kind of love ain't likely to interfere with yours.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • Let nothing come in to block up that—however fair, howsoever dear it be.

    Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt
  • I want neither your money (howsoever much it be) nor your valuables that may be on you.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • howsoever you look at the great cathedral, it is noble, it is beautiful!

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • If she has overlooked a single power, howsoever minute, I cannot discover it.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The impressions then made, howsoever slight they may seem, are never effaced.

    Character Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for howsoever


sentence connector, adverb
a less common word for however
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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