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whichever

[hwich-ev-er, wich-] /ʰwɪtʃˈɛv ər, wɪtʃ-/
pronoun
1.
any one that:
Take whichever you like.
2.
no matter which:
Whichever you choose, the others will be offended.
adjective
3.
no matter which:
whichever day; whichever ones you choose.
Origin of whichever
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at which, ever
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  • He said, 'Throw your handkerchief to whichever of us you love.'

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • whichever it was, that was all that I was fated to see or hear of the Opera.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • "Use it on whichever of us gets the first snake bite," said Linda.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • And whichever of them drank only so much as a drop of it was turned from an old man into a youth.

  • whichever of you is killed—his death will be put down to the account of the Circassians.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
British Dictionary definitions for whichever

whichever

/wɪtʃˈɛvə/
determiner
1.
  1. any (one, two, etc, out of several): take whichever car you like
  2. (as pronoun): choose whichever appeals to you
2.
  1. no matter which (one or ones): whichever card you pick you'll still be making a mistake
  2. (as pronoun): it won't make any difference, whichever comes first
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Word Origin and History for whichever
pron.

late 14c., from which + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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