regardless

adjective
re·​gard·​less | \ri-ˈgärd-ləs \

Definition of regardless 

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regardless

adverb

Definition of regardless (Entry 2 of 2)

: despite everything went ahead with their plans regardless

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Other Words from regardless

Adjective

regardlessly adverb
regardlessness noun

Synonyms for regardless

Synonyms: Adverb

anyhow, anyway, anyways [chiefly dialect], whatever

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When Should You Use regardless?

Adverb

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.

Examples of regardless in a Sentence

Adverb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Sure, checking to make sure your smoke detectors are properly functioning is important regardless, but how about purchasing a self-extinguishing coil candle to go with that holiday candle collection? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Candle By The Hour's Coil Candles Extinguish Themselves," 6 Nov. 2018 Why would Jay-Z need to ask someone to take his pic with Kevin Hart when people constantly take pics of him regardless? Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "This BTS Video of Jay Z Faking a "Candid" Photo Proves He's More Extra Than You'll Ever Be," 5 June 2017 Beaujolais or Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley are top contenders for me, but lighter, more easygoing fruity reds regardless. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 The quiet Italian island in the Gulf of Naples played a prominent role in the second of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, and though fans of the series wouldn't try to recreate those scenes, Ischia rose to new prominence regardless. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Of course, the pair got the project done regardless. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Good Bones's Mina And Karen Reveal The Biggest Reno Mistakes Everyone Makes," 8 Aug. 2018 The finish line advances and recedes, but the idea is to keep plodding forward regardless. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Passing on Michael Porter Jr. in NBA draft shows change in how Sixers view themselves | Bob Ford," 22 June 2018 The movie is fast and affecting enough to work as one of the MCU's best entries regardless, but Waititi's adherence to his own voice (literally, at certain points in the film) makes this easily the funniest entry in the MCU so far. Tom Philip, GQ, "Marvel's Funniest Movie Is Now on Netflix," 11 June 2018 The Warriors were going to be overwhelming favorites regardless. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The NBA is Broken, But Not Because of DeMarcus Cousins," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of regardless

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regardless was in 1578

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regardless

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of regardless

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

regardless

adverb
re·​gard·​less | \ri-ˈgärd-ləs \

Kids Definition of regardless

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

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