be that as it may
  1. (idiomatic) Even if that is the case; whether that is true or not; nevertheless.
    • 1732, Henry Grove, A Discourse concerning the Nature and Design of the Lord's Supper, 1753 Charles Wright edition, London, p. 37 (Google preview) ↗:
      Be that as it may, the duty of all communicants lies plain.
    • 1776, William Combe, The Diaboliad: A Poem. Dedicated to the Worst Man in His Majesty's Dominions, G. Kearsly, London, p. 14:
      But be that as it may, the principle of it is founded in truth.
    • 1858, Charles Dickens, Household Words, no 429 (12 June), p. 602:
      We English people, be that as it may, have among us the best nursing for love and the worst nursing for money that can be got in Europe.
    • 1953 May 24, "Mr Dulles Visits South Asia," New York Times, p. E10:
      It has frequently been asserted in the Indian press that the United States does not understand India's position. . . . Be that as it may, it is certainly true that some sectors of Indian opinion likewise do not adequately understand the motives of the United States.
    • 2005 June 23, Mark Miller, "No rest for this elder statesman of jazz," The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), p. R3:
      "They seem to think I'm photogenic." Be that as it may, and Rollins surely is a striking figure, his music and only his music matters.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: quoi qu'il en soit, en tout cas, de toute façon
  • German: wie dem auch sei
  • Italian: sia quel che sia
  • Portuguese: seja como for, de qualquer forma, de todo modo
  • Russian: (conjunction) как бы то ни́ бы́ло
  • Spanish: sea como fuere

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