however; nevertheless.

Origin of nonetheless

First recorded in 1840–50; from the phrase none the less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nonetheless

still, however, nevertheless, although, anyway, but, though

Examples from the Web for nonetheless

Contemporary Examples of nonetheless

Historical Examples of nonetheless

  • The other nations of the world would scream; but they would, nonetheless, respect us.

  • On the point of taking leave of her, nonetheless, I was to some extent embarrassed.

  • But the thing had been there, nonetheless, and the ship had hit it at high velocity.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • This was probably not true, but it seemed curious, nonetheless.

    The Marooner

    Charles A. Stearns

  • Nonetheless, courier after courier never arrived at its destination.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for nonetheless


sentence connector

despite that; however; nevertheless
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Word Origin and History for nonetheless

1839, as phrase none the less; contracted into one word from c.1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper