nonetheless; notwithstanding; however; in spite of that: a small but nevertheless important change.

Nearby words

  1. never-was,
  2. neverland,
  3. nevermind,
  4. nevermore,
  5. nevers,
  6. neviim,
  7. nevil,
  8. neville,
  9. neville, richard,
  10. nevin

Origin of nevertheless

1250–1300; Middle English; replacing natheles, notheles natheless; see never, the2, less

Synonym study

See but1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nevertheless

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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