Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. To whatever degree or extent.
  • adv. By whatever means.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In any manner whatsoever.
  • adv. To whatever degree or extent; however.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In what manner soever; to whatever degree or extent; however.
  • adj. Although; though; however.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In what manner or to what degree soever.
  • Although; notwithstanding.
  • Be that as it may; in any case; nevertheless.

Etymologies

how +‎ soever (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I suppose it would lose some of its glamour if I were married to a ditch digger and had seven children, howsoever.

    A Covert Affair

  • The state, howsoever feeble and fragmented, instils a sense of commonality for its people, in suffering and in all triumphs.

    Davinder Kumar: No Country for Stateless People

  • Mr. Sharif is a married, former head of government who likely had no expectation that these personal musings -- howsoever accurate or inaccurate they may be -- would be published in Ms. Barker's pithy memoir.

    C. Christine Fair: Baffled by The Taliban Shuffle

  • It will inhabit, it will contaminate howsoever many it shall soak, luxuriating in its honey.

    our ragged wits, ragged minds

  • We still want a healthy debate involving some "sane" GOP members to hear their side of the story, howsoever predictable it may be, before considerng a bulldozer for the final push towards the health care bill.

    Clinton's advice to Obama: Forget about Republicans

  • Are the methods of such a revolt wise, howsoever great the provocation and evil may be?

    DARKWATER

  • Some would counter that there is no need to tread down beaten paths, but previous scientific attempts, howsoever thorough and well-intentioned, have clearly not engaged the general public sufficiently.

    Resolving the Global Warming Paradox

  • As Judith Berman also says, wisely, "Conventions, in other words, are not in and of themselves the enemy of literary value (howsoever that may be assigned) any more than the rules of English syntax and semantics are the enemy of comprehensible speech."

    November 24th, 2008

  • "No guilty person will be spared whether he is a political leader or a government official, whichever party he may belong to and howsoever powerful he may be," said Mr. Singh.

    India's Singh Set to Face Grilling

  • “It only creates bloodshed, hampers development and destroys the future”, he said adding that every issue, howsoever complex it may be, could be solved through dialogue.

    J&K CM bats for Congress candidates in Jharkhand

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