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Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle English whatsoever; equivalent to what +‎ soever.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌwɒtsəʊˈɛvə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌ(h)wʌtsoʊˈɛvɚ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛvə(ɹ)



  1. (formal or literary) Whatever.
    The building may be used for whatsoever purpose the tenant desires.

Usage notes[edit]

The word is sometimes divided by tmesis: “What things soever ye desire”. (King James Version, Mark 11:24)


whatsoever (not comparable)

  1. In any way; at all; whatever.
    He gave me no answer whatsoever.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter I, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC, page 1:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
    • 2019, Dierdre Nicole Green, “'I'm the Bishop!' and other Reflections”, in A Place to Belong, Deseret Book, →ISBN, page 141]:
      ...my father's role as the ecclesiastical leader of our ward gave me no license whatsoever to expect obedience from my agemates?




  1. (archaic or literary) Whatever.
    Whatsoever you seek, you will find.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Genesis 31:16:
      Whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
    • c. 1613–1621, Francis Bacon, The judicial charge upon the commission of Oyer and Terminer held for the verge of the Court
      [] I must require you to use diligence in presenting especially those purloinings and imbezlements, which are of plate, vessel, or whatsoever within the King's house.