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None the less

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 28, 2008 at 15:37:

In Reply to: None the less posted by RRC on March 28, 2008 at 14:21:

: : I am really curious how it makes any sense to use "none the less" in a sentence. To me it just doesn't go together. What does it mean?

: Most people seem to think it goes together so well that it has been used as one word since at least 1930 and can be found in the dictionary that way. Nonetheless(in spite of that, despite anything to the contrary, nevertheless), I can see how it might be confusing.

RRC is right, except for the earliest date (the locution is much older). You can find several discussions of this word and its cousins in the Archive; type it into the search box at the top of the previous page (go back one page). Or you can start with: