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Definitions of however

  1. despite anything to the contrary ( usually following a concession); " although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; " while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; " he was a stern yet fair master"; " granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
  2. in what way or manner or by what means; " how did you catch the snake?"; " he told us how he did it"; (` however' is used as an intensive of ` how' as in" however did you get here so soon?")
  3. in whatever way or manner; " Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet"; " however he did it, it was very clever"
  4. to whatever degree or extent; " The results, however general, are important"; " they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"
  5. by contrast; on the other hand; " the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"
  6. in what way or manner or by what means (` however' is sometimes used as an intensive form of ` how'); " how did you catch the snake?"; " he told us how he did it"; " however did you get here so soon?"
  7. Notwithstanding; yet.
  8. In whetever manner, way, or degree.
  9. At all events; at least; in any case.
  10. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though; as, I shall not oppose your design; I can not, however, approve of it.
  11. In whatever manner or degree; at all events; in any case.
  12. In whatever manner or degree: nevertheless: at all events.
  13. In whatever manner; for whatever reason; to whatever degree.
  14. Nevertheless; yet; still.
  15. In whatever manner; by whatever means.
  16. In whatever manner or degree; at all events; notwithstanding.
  17. In whatsoever manner; at all events; at least; nevertheless; still.
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Usage examples for however

  1. He said nothing, however – A Modern Chronicle, Volume 6 by Winston Churchill
  2. Miss Aldclyffe, however did not come in. – Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
  3. He did not leave, however – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
  4. However it's only because I'm so old. – The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James
  5. Dudleigh, however was very different. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  6. He was still, however never a word from morning till night. – Literary Love-Letters and Other Stories by Robert Herrick
  7. However in the world did you get off here? – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  8. On this point, however he is silent. – The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, August 1865 by Society of Clergymen
  9. Now, however there was no longer room for doubt. – The Peasant and the Prince by Harriet Martineau
  10. However we've got nothing to do with that. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  11. " Certainly not; you will have my maid, however – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  12. However did you come? – The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  13. However let me see what can be done for you." – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  14. However it was too late now. – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  15. There was no time, however to wait for him. – The Film of Fear by Arnold Fredericks
  16. I may, however have done so. – May Brooke by Anna H. Dorsey
  17. However he said he didn't mind. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  18. It found me out, however – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  19. However I'm not the question. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  20. Joyce, however did nothing of the sort. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
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