Synonyms:even so, nevertheless, notwithstanding, yet; see also Thesaurus:nevertheless
Used as an intensifier.
2013 Nora Roberts, Irish Thoroughbred p. 25 (Little, Brown) →ISBN
"Jakers, but we worked." With a long breath she shut her eyes. "But it was too much for one woman and a half-grown girl […]"
On the contrary, rather(as a regular adversative conjunction, introducing a word or clause in contrast or contradiction with the preceding negative clause or sentence).
However, although, nevertheless, on the other hand(introducing a clause contrary to prior belief or in contrast with the preceding clause or sentence).
Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "except such that".
1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV scene iii:
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
(archaic) Without its also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).
(obsolete) Except with; unless with; without.
1639, Thomas Fuller, The Historie of the Holy Warre
So insolent that he could not go but either spurning equals or trampling on his inferiors.
(obsolete) Only; solely; merely.
(obsolete, following a negated expression of improbability) That. [16th–19th c.]
1784, Joshua Reynolds, in John Ingamells, John Edgcumbe (eds.), The Letters of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Yale 2000, p. 131:
It is not impossible but next year I may have the honour of waiting on your Lordship at St. Asaph, If I go to Ireland I certainly will go that way.
1789, John Moore, Zeluco, Valancourt 2008, p. 132:
“I am convinced, if you were to press this matter earnestly upon her, she would consent.” “It is not impossible but she might,” said Madame de Seidlits […].
1813, Journal of Natural Philosophy, July:
It is not improbable but future observations will add Pliny's Well to the class of irregular reciprocators.
Beginning a sentence with a coordinating conjunction such as but is considered incorrect by classical grammarians who claim that a coordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence has nothing to connect. The use of the word in this way is very common, however; and it may be argued that the connection is with the preceding context. Nevertheless, it is best to avoid beginning a sentence with but in formal writing. Combining sentences or using however, nevertheless, still, or though (which are adverbs rather than conjunctions) is more appropriate for the formal style.
(except):bar, unless, excepting, excluding, with the exception of, without
(however):yet, although, ac
An instance or example of using the word "but".
(Scotland) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.
A limit; a boundary.
The end; especially the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end; the butt.
but (third-person singular simple presentbuts, present participlebutting, simple past and past participlebutted)
(archaic) Use the word "but".
but at OneLook Dictionary Search
but in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
BTU, TBU, tub
From Middle Low Germanbutt.
(France) IPA(key): /byt/, /by/
(Quebec) IPA(key): /by/
From Middle Frenchbut(“mark, goal”), from Old Frenchbut(“aim, goal, end, target”), from Old Frenchbutte(“mound, knoll, target”), from Frankish*but(“stump, log”), or from Old Norsebútr(“log, stump, butt”); both from Proto-Germanic*buttaz(“end, piece”), from Proto-Indo-European*bʰewd-(“to beat, push”). The semantic development from "mound" to "target" is likely from martial training practice (see target). Cognate with Old Englishbutt(“tree stump”). More at butt.
goal (result one is attempting to achieve)
(sports) goal (in the place, act, or point sense)
third-person singular past historic of boire
“but” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
but (first-person possessivebutku, second-person possessivebutmu, third-person possessivebutnya)
(computing) bootstrap (process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory)
“but” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.
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