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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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  • Not a very good minion, but a minion nevertheless.
  • But most regulars are nevertheless bummed about the site's shaky future.
  • The message, nevertheless, is sound.
  • But the times, nevertheless, have changed.
  • Some of the routines approach slapstick, but they are nevertheless amusing.
  • Many colleges nevertheless lack plans for recovering from security breaches and other problems, the survey found.
  • This is nevertheless a solid dessert cookbook.
  • The story rests on a one-joke premise, but with lots of fanfare nevertheless.
  • We are nevertheless moved by the courage of these people.
  • The jury nevertheless recommended the death penalty.
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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