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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
See but1 . Unabridged
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  • nevertheless, the Editor and Quartermaster had half-risen from their seats.

  • nevertheless, it is a method of rude experiment and selection.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The first warlike attempt of the believers was, nevertheless, unsuccessful.

  • nevertheless, if appointed, he might have made an excellent policeman.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • nevertheless, when Zebedee arrived on the moor, her brightness faded.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
British Dictionary definitions for nevertheless


sentence connector
in spite of that; however; yet
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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.

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