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[hwuht-soh-ev-er, hwot-, wuht-, wot-] /ˌʰwʌt soʊˈɛv ər, ˌʰwɒt-, ˌwʌt-, ˌwɒt-/
pronoun, adjective
(an intensive form of whatever):
whatsoever it be; in any place whatsoever.
Origin of whatsoever
1200-50; Middle English, equivalent to what so whatever (Old English swā hwæt swā) + ever ever Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for whatsoever
  • Mine look a little better than yours but remain stunted with no vine vigor whatsoever.
  • My mom sprinkled salt on the fire, which had no effect whatsoever.
  • Plus, this one's made of vinyl urethane, requiring occasional dusting but no food whatsoever.
  • No evidence for this whatsoever, and every serious archaeologist knows it.
  • The doubts of the ignorant have no power whatsoever to contradict the direct experience of those who know.
  • The photo is straight out of the camera, didn't need any retouching whatsoever.
  • Effectively, any mating had no contribution whatsoever to modern humans, he added.
  • So it was astounding to find a place with huge cave entrances and no sign of human activity whatsoever.
  • The mountains were big and bright and unobscured by any cloud whatsoever.
  • First, her lack of any undergraduate degree whatsoever.
British Dictionary definitions for whatsoever


(postpositive) at all: used as an intensifier with indefinite pronouns and determiners such as none, any, no one, anybody, etc
an archaic word for whatever
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whatsoever

mid-13c., quuat-so-euere; see what + soever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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