- The definition of however is in whatever manner, to whatever degree or nevertheless.
- An example of however is someone saying they'll do whatever is necessary in make something happen; however it is necessary.
- An example of however is someone saying, even though the movie they wanted to see isn't playing, they're still going to the movies; not playing however they are still going.
- no matter how; in whatever manner
- to whatever degree or extent
- by what means: however did he escape?
- nevertheless; yet; in spite of that; all the same: often used as a conjunctive adverb
Origin of howeverMiddle English hou-ever
- In spite of that; nevertheless; yet: The book is expensive; however, it's worth it.
- On the other hand; by contrast: The first part was easy; the second, however, took hours.
- To whatever degree or extent: “The prospect of success, however remote, was tantalizing” (Stephen Baker).
- In what way. Used as an intensive of how: However did you get here so soon?
- In whatever manner or way that: Dress however you like.
- Archaic Notwithstanding that; although: “Howe'er thou art a fiend, / a woman's shape doth shield thee” (Shakespeare).
- (conjunctive) Nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, that said, in spite of this.
- He told me not to do it. However, I did it anyway.
- (degree) To whatever degree.
- However clear you think you've been, many questions will remain.
- (manner) In whatever way.
- Let me know when you've had your interview, however it goes.
- (chiefly UK, as an intensified form in interrogatives) In what way?; how?
- However did you do that?
- (nevertheless): Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style argues that the adverb however, in its sense of nevertheless should be avoided at the beginning of a sentence.
(although): The use of however as a conjunction meaning "but" is identical to its use as a clause-initial adverb meaning "nevertheless", except in punctuation (when written) and in prosody (when spoken). Hence, the following proscribed sentence:
(proscribed) He told me not to do it, however I did it.
is equivalent to the following accepted one:
(accepted) He told me not to do it; however, I did it.
In particular, when used as a conjunction in this sense, however always appears between the clauses it connects; it does not introduce a true subordinate clause that can be moved to the start of an independent clause, because a conjunctive adverb cannot do that.