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None the less

None the less

None the less

Could someone please explain the meaning and origin of 'none the less'?  Either the original reference is very obscure or has been very bastardized.  Banalities drive me insane.

RE: None the less

nonetheless - 1847, as phrase none the less; contracted into one word from c.1930.

RE: None the less

it's one word, all run together and is a synonym for nevertheless


RE: None the less

I do not think that it is a banality at all. The same expression exists in French (néanmoins), German (nichtdestoweniger) and Swedish (icke desto mindre) and I find this expression useful when there is a need to explain that something exists or has a certain quality even if popular belief (or other evidence) says something else. Is "nonetheless" very much (too much) in use in US English nowadays?

RE: None the less

Today the word nonetheless originated as the three word phrase, none the less, and means that what follows is not intended to lessen or diminish that which has already been acknowledged.

RE: None the less

Again, you gentlemen have proven yourselves to be very helpful and insightful.  Thanks to you all.

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