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however
used in The Importance of Being Earnest

2 meanings, 12 uses
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1  —11 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • I did my best, however, though I was out of practice.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (88% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • ] However, it makes no matter, for, now that I look at the inscription inside, I find that the thing isn't yours after all.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (16% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I am quite ready to enter your name, should your answers be what a really affectionate mother requires.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (65% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, that could easily be altered.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (71% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (91% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, you have got to catch the four-five, and I hope you will have a pleasant journey back to town.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (44% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I am not sure, however, that the news inspires me with feelings of unmixed delight.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (67% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, I will tell you quite frankly that I have no brother Ernest.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (87% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • I am glad, however, that he made up his mind at the last to some definite course of action, and acted under proper medical advice.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (22% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • My own decision, however, is unalterable.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (49% in)
  • however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
  • However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.
    Act 3 — Morning-room at the Manor House (63% in)
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • However badly he may have behaved to you in the past he is still your brother.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (34% in)
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®