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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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Recent Examples on the Web With Thompson unlikely to be fully recovered from Achilles tendon surgery by the start of the season in October, the team nevertheless hits the ground running. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 July 2021 Even the current requirement that states receive at least 95 cents on the dollar nevertheless deprives several states of hundreds of millions of dollars. Brian Riedl, National Review, 16 July 2021 Deprived of homes, businesses, and even family, the incarcerated nevertheless created an environment that replicated normalcy as much as possible. Paul Sedan, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 At least three isopod species, Cymothoa exigua, Cymothoa borbonica, and Ceratothoa oestroides, appear to reduce the basihyal of some hosts to a mangled, nonfunctional nub; nevertheless, many of their fish landlords persist. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 In early classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), the 1931 Frankenstein, and Freaks (1932), characters styled as physically different might technically be sympathetic, but the shock their bodies produce is nevertheless key to the story. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 July 2021 Chris Paul, the Phoenix Suns guard and an all-time NBA star whose career has nevertheless been star-crossed, is finally going to the NBA Finals. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 July 2021 The mission, nevertheless, made quite an impression on a young Thomas, who remembers hearing Glenn talk about seeing the sunrise from space. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 6 July 2021 Richardson nevertheless dusted the competition in the 100-meter trials. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of nevertheless

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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never so much as


never the twain shall meet

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20 Jul 2021

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“Nevertheless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nevertheless

: in spite of what has just been said


nev·​er·​the·​less | \ ˌne-vər-t͟hə-ˈles How to pronounce nevertheless (audio) \

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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