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[nev-er-th uh-les] /ˌnɛv ər ðəˈlɛs/
nonetheless; notwithstanding; however; in spite of that:
a small but nevertheless important change.
Origin of nevertheless
1250-1300; Middle English; replacing natheles, notheles natheless; see never, the2, less
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See but1. Unabridged
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  • But nevertheless he could not leave it behind since it was for this he had incurred his present peril.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • nevertheless I continued to treat him well on account of the interest you felt in him.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • nevertheless, I have many things to thank him for, and therefore he deserves praise.

  • But that nevertheless he will not threaten either his own life, or that of any other man.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • nevertheless I believe they all think that I receive letters from Mr. Lovelace.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for nevertheless


sentence connector
in spite of that; however; yet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nevertheless

c.1300, neuer þe lesse; as one word from early 14c., neuerþeles. The sense of never here is "not at all; none the," as in unmerged expressions such as never the wiser, never the worse. Middle English also had neverthelater in same sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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