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regardless

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adjective re·gard·less \ri-ˈgärd-ləs\

Definition of regardless

regardlessly

adverb

regardlessness

noun

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First Known Use of regardless

1578


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regardless

adverb re·gard·less

Definition of regardless

  1. :  despite everything went ahead with their plans regardless

Examples of regardless in a Sentence

  1. the weather looked bad, but they were resolved to go on with their picnic regardless

When Should You Use Regardless?

Regardless is rather simply derived from the noun regard (meaning "attention" or "concern") plus -less - nothing too shocking about that. But poor regardless became embroiled in a usage scandal through no fault of its own when people began using irregardless as its synonym (probably blending irrespective and regardless). Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century, and usage commentators have been decrying it since the 1920s, often declaring "there is no such word." Irregardless does exist, of course, but it tends to be used primarily in speech and it is still considered nonstandard. Regardless is greatly preferred.

First Known Use of regardless

1872


REGARDLESS Defined for English Language Learners

regardless

adverb

Definition of regardless for English Language Learners

  • : in spite of difficulty, trouble, etc. : without being stopped by difficulty, trouble, etc.


REGARDLESS Defined for Kids

regardless

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adverb re·gard·less \ri-ˈgärd-ləs\

Definition of regardless for Students

  1. :  in spite of something that might be a problem It may rain, but I will go regardless.



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