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however
used in The Age of Innocence

2 meanings, 15 uses
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1  —10 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.)
  • Now, however, as he walked home from Mrs. Mingott's, he was conscious of a growing distaste for what lay before him.
    Chapter 31 (15% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They preferred those about peasant life, because of the descriptions of scenery and the pleasanter sentiments, though in general they liked novels about people in society, whose motives and habits were more comprehensible, spoke severely of Dickens, who "had never drawn a gentleman," and considered Thackeray less at home in the great world than Bulwer—who, however, was beginning to be thought old-fashioned.
    Chapter 5 (18% in)
  • Mrs. van der Luyden, however, who had seldom surprised any one, now surprised them by reaching her long hand toward the bell-rope.
    Chapter 7 (24% in)
  • Presently, however, coming down a foot-path that crossed the highway, he caught sight of a slight figure in a red cloak, with a big dog running ahead.
    Chapter 15 (18% in)
  • He managed, however, after an exchange of telegrams with the firm, to make his cold last a week; and it shed an ironic light on the situation to know that Mr. Letterblair's indulgence was partly due to the satisfactory way in which his brilliant young junior partner had settled the troublesome matter of the Olenski divorce.
    Chapter 16 (32% in)
  • He reflected, however, that Mrs. Struthers's Sunday evenings were not like a ball, and that her guests, as if to minimise their delinquency, usually went early.
    Chapter 17 (42% in)
  • In spite of their best efforts, however, the dinner was a languishing affair.
    Chapter 20 (60% in)
  • Before that, however, he had lived much in Paris, frequented the Goncourt grenier, been advised by Maupassant not to attempt to write (even that seemed to Archer a dazzling honour!
    Chapter 20 (69% in)
  • He had, however, taken the precaution to engage in advance a runabout with a pair of old livery-stable trotters that could still do their eighteen miles on level roads; and at two o'clock, hastily deserting the luncheon-table, he sprang into the light carriage and drove off.
    Chapter 22 (39% in)
  • He was mindful, however, if not of his own danger, at least of the fact that Mr. Jackson was under his mother's roof, and consequently his guest.
    Chapter 26 (79% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Age of Innocence.

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2  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Definition
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • Well—not if the woman, however injured, however irreproachable, has appearances in the least degree against her, has exposed herself by any unconventional action to—to offensive insinuations—
    Chapter 12 (80% in)
however = regardless of how
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Well—not if the woman, however injured, however irreproachable, has appearances in the least degree against her, has exposed herself by any unconventional action to—to offensive insinuations—
    Chapter 12 (80% in)
  • however = regardless of how
  • "It's always one thing after another," the poor lady grieved, in one of her rare revolts against fate; "the only thing that makes me think Mamma must be less well than Dr. Bencomb will admit is this morbid desire to have Ellen come at once, however inconvenient it is to meet her."
    Chapter 28 (60% in)
however = regardless of how
There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in The Age of Innocence.

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  • It seemed to him so natural—however tragic—that money ill-gotten should be cruelly expiated, that his mind, hardly lingering over Mrs. Beaufort's doom, wandered back to closer questions.
    Chapter 26 (55% in)
  • "Nice" women, however wronged, would never claim the kind of freedom he meant, and generous-minded men like himself were therefore—in the heat of argument—the more chivalrously ready to concede it to them.
    Chapter 6 (10% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in The Age of Innocence.

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