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however
used in Oryx and Crake

3 meanings, 12 uses
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1  —5 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.)
  • In the long run, however, the benefits for the future human race of the two in combination would be stupendous.
    p. 304.8
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • No hope of whittling that kind of game, however.
    p. 40.8
  • Bells were rung, however.
    p. 116.4
  • Ile hasn't caught them making any graven images yet, however.
    p. 157.9
  • An eyeball that could still see, however.
    p. 260.4

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Oryx and Crake.

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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)
  • Crake, King of the Crakery, because Crake is still there, still in possession, still the ruler of his own domain, however dark that bubble of light has now become.
    p. 333.9
however = regardless of how
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3  —3 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • Uncle En had experience, however: he treated the new children as if they were cats, he gave them time to get used to things.
    p. 127.2
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The bed frame remains, however; he can still use it at noon.
    p. 39.4
  • He had no further wish to try it out himself, however: he had enough problems without his penis bursting.
    p. 296.5

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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • He was admired for this, however: it showed he was good at his trade, and the children would be in competent hands.
    p. 118.5
  • However you look at it, he'd said, what it boiled down to was eating your own shit.
    p. 159.3
  • He knows he can't overdo it, however: the stuff is very potent.
    p. 337.2

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