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HOWEV'ER, adverb [how and ever.] In whatever manner or degree; as, however good or bad style may be.

1. At all events; at least.

Our chief end is to be freed from all, if it may be, however from the greatest evils.

2. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; yet. I shall not oppose your design; I cannot however approve of it.

You might howe'er have took a fairer way.