What does However mean?

Definitions for However
haʊˈɛv ərhow·ev·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, even so, nonetheless, notwithstandingadverb

    despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)

    "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"

  2. howeveradverb

    by contrast; on the other hand

    "the first part was easy; the second, however, took hours"

  3. howeveradverb

    to whatever degree or extent

    "The results, however general, are important"; "they have begun, however reluctantly, to acknowledge the legitimacy of some of the opposition's concerns"

  4. howeveradverb

    in whatever way or manner

    "Victory, however it was brought about, was sweet"; "however he did it, it was very clever"


  1. howeveradverb

    Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.

    He told me not to do it; however, I did it.

  2. howeveradverb

    To whatever degree.

    However clear you think you've been, many questions will remain.

  3. howeveradverb

    In what way; how.

    However did you do that?

  4. howeverconjunction

    In whatever manner.

    Do it however you want.

  5. howeverconjunction

    To whatever extent.

  6. howeverconjunction

    Although, though, but, yet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Howeveradverb

    Etymology: how and ever.

    This ring he holds
    In most rich choice; yet in his idle fire,
    To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
    Howe’er repented of. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    To trace the ways
    Of highest agents, deem’d however wise. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Our chief end is to be freed from all, if it may be, however from the greatest evils; and to enjoy, if it may be, all good, however the chiefest. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    In your excuse your love does little say;
    You might howe’er have took a fairer way. Dryden.

    Its views are bounded on all sides by several ranges of mountains, which are however at so great a distance, that they leave a wonderful variety of beautiful prospects. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    I do not build my reasoning wholly on the case of persecution, however I do not exclude it. Francis Atterbury.

    Few turn their thoughts to examine how those diseases in a state are bred, that hasten its end; which would, however, be a very useful enquiry. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Howeveradverb

    in whetever manner, way, or degree

  2. Howeveradverb

    at all events; at least; in any case

  3. However

    nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet; still; though; as, I shall not oppose your design; I can not, however, approve of it

  4. Etymology: [Sometimes contracted into howe'er.]


  1. However

    However is the 12th single release by Japanese band Glay on August 6, 1997. It debuted at #1 on the Oricon chart, appearing at that position for 5 weeks in total, selling 1,341,980 copies. The title song was used as ending song for the TV-drama "Ryakudatsu Ai Abunai Onna" aired on TBS channel, whose opening theme was another Glay song, "Freeze My Love", and all the music was instrumental versions of Glay's songs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. However

    how-ev′ėr, adv. and conj. in whatever manner or degree: nevertheless: at all events.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'However' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #125

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'However' in Written Corpus Frequency: #887

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'However' in Adverbs Frequency: #22

Anagrams for However »

  1. whoever

  2. everwho

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of However in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of However in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of However in a Sentence

  1. Michael Blake:

    Most officers acted responsibly. However, there were too many unjust, incredibly inexcusable acts by officers last night without explanation.

  2. Betsy Brantner Smith:

    There are guidelines for police use of force, which could be applied in this circumstance. However, none of the answers as to whether the officers used appropriate force are provided in the video.

  3. Joshua Bressler:

    If the facts as reported are true, a claim for defamation generally won’t succeed, even if the facts are true, however, some states recognize a claim for public disclosure of private facts.In such a case, if disclosure of the information without consent would be considered highly offensive to a reasonable person, and if the disclosure is not ‘newsworthy,’ such a claim could succeed.

  4. Patrick Shanahan.However:

    This alternate nuclear posture review is the first and only analysis in the public domain that uses credible estimates of existing Patrick Shanahan.However war plan target requirements and goes on to define the forces needed to meet them, and thus it challenges the Pentagon on its own terms.

  5. Henry Miller:

    The current interventions such as masking, etc., may be necessary for a prolonged time. This may serve to prolong the reduction in respiratory disease. It has been theorized, however, once these measures are reduced or eliminated, there may be a significant increase over historical numbers of these infections. That is, we may see unusually severe cold and flu seasons due to factors such as increase susceptibility to some of these diseases.

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