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what +‎ soever


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


whatsoever (not comparable)

  1. Whatever.
  2. In any way; at all.
    He gave me no answer whatsoever.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      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" A Place to Belong, Deseret Book (2019), →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?

Alternative forms[edit]




  1. (archaic) whatever
    • Whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      [] 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.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for whatsoever in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)