nev·​er·​the·​less ˌne-vər-t͟hə-ˈles How to pronounce nevertheless (audio)
: in spite of that : however
her childish but nevertheless real delightRichard Corbin

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. See More
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First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nevertheless was in the 14th century

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“Nevertheless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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nev·​er·​the·​less ˌnev-ər-t͟hə-ˈles How to pronounce nevertheless (audio)
: in spite of that : however
a tiring but nevertheless enjoyable day

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