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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 the matter may be settled, I pray you, Monsieur, not to allow the grace which God has given you to be quenched.

  • The world may be in thee, howsoever thou art out of the world.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • howsoever, I excuse him, for that I believe he is now drawing near to the end and final closure of his life.

  • howsoever, he's askin' after ye, and maybe ye'd like a crack wi' him.'

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
  • But howsoever it be between nations, certainly it is so between man and man.

    Essays Francis Bacon
  • Let nothing come in to block up that—however fair, howsoever dear it be.

    Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt
  • Come to me with thy powers, and howsoever I may use them may they have good success and to whomsoever I may give them.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • 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, the cruel hand of fortune hath intervened, and severed them for ever.

  • I want neither your money (howsoever much it be) nor your valuables that may be on you.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
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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