nev·er·the·less | \ˌne-vər-t͟hə-ˈles \

Definition of nevertheless 

: in spite of that : however her childish but nevertheless real delight— Richard Corbin

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Examples of nevertheless in a Sentence

I am, nevertheless, a multicellular organism of reasonably complex structure … — Natalie Angier, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2007 Nevertheless, resistance to equal opportunities and fair pay for female athletes remained strong. — Christopher Hitchens, New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 2005 Instead, I drew a series of circles around myself, with borders that shifted as time passed and faces changed but that nevertheless offered the illusion of control. An inner circle, where love was constant and claims unquestioned. — Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father, 1995 She was filled with emotions that were utterly ridiculous, that she despised, yet that nevertheless she was feeling so strongly she could not shake them off. — Doris Lessing, The Story and Its Writer, 1987 Her date was a bit of a slob, but she had fun nevertheless. It was a predictable, but nevertheless funny, story.
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Representatives of American business, which have complained for years that China has pilfered U.S. technology and discriminated against U.S. companies, were nevertheless critical of the administration's latest action. Paul Wiseman,, "U.S. proposes tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports," 3 Apr. 2018 O’Rourke, who has sworn off money from political action committees, nevertheless took in some $4 million more than the junior senator in the first three months of the year. Kevin Diaz And Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, "Beto O’Rourke sets new fundraising records," 12 July 2018 But the surveillance nevertheless highlights China’s deep interest in the inner workings of both friends and foes. Abby Seiff / Phnom Penh, Time, "Chinese State-Linked Hackers in Large Scale Operation to Monitor Cambodia's Upcoming Elections, Report Says," 11 July 2018 Though this diagnosis has brought many challenges, our hearts are nevertheless filled with gratitude on this occasion. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "A year after John McCain's cancer diagnosis, Cindy McCain expresses gratitude to caregivers," 13 July 2018 Blanco nevertheless remained close to people in the world of espionage. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "He now hunts Cuban human-rights abusers in the U.S. Was he once an offender himself?," 12 July 2018 Leonard has offered no such assurances to the Celtics, who nevertheless remain active in talks about acquiring him. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "New plan: Spurs now fielding calls on Kawhi," 28 June 2018 The repercussions of their entanglement have nevertheless been costly. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 All praise to the women who persisted nevertheless. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nevertheless

: in spite of what has just been said


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Kids Definition of nevertheless

: even so : however Slightly dizzy, he nevertheless kept his eyes wide open …— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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