Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. From whatever place or source.
  • conj. From any place or source that.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. From wherever: from whatever place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. From what place soever; from what cause or source soever.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From what place soever; from what cause or source soever.

Etymologies

whence +‎ soever. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I especially enjoyed the week of archaic conjunctions from late November: argal sobeit whencesoever albeit forwhy

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Honoria: who, delighting in mischief, whencesoever it proceeded, presently added, “This cold is a judgment upon you for leaving me alone all this morning; but I suppose you chose a tête-à-tête with your favourite, without the intrusion of any third person.”

    Cecilia

  • Time was begun: so, Allah upon thee, whencesoever thou comest, go hide, lest any espy thee and tell my sister and she do thee and me die!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • For it is truth alone I seek, and that will always be welcome to me, when or from whencesoever it comes.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • So that whencesoever we take the rule of moral actions; or by what standard soever we frame in our minds the ideas of virtues or vices, they consist only, and are made up of collections of simple ideas, which we originally received from sense or reflection: and their rectitude or obliquity consists in the agreement or disagreement with those patterns prescribed by some law.

    God, Aids & Circumcision

  • However it was made, and whencesoever the material or suggestion borrowed, he came by a very admirable instrument for the telling of stories.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • This change, accounted for only by those three words, explained no otherwise; this change - whencesoever springing, effected in a brief ten minutes - passed like no light summer cloud.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Greek characters; the words being these: “O man, whosoever thou art, and from whencesoever thou comest (for I know thou wilt come), I am Cyrus, the founder of the Persian empire; do not grudge me this little earth which covers my body.”

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • In the present case it consisted of four walls radiating from a centre like the arms of a turnstile, with seats in each angle, so that whencesoever the wind came, it was always possible to find a screened corner from which to observe the landscape.

    The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

  • To feel as well-dressed as the other women around her is to set any woman at her ease, whencesoever she may have come: to feel much better dressed is to add radiance to that ease.

    The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

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  • I'll take credit for its whencey quality, but fbharjo's the lister. :-)

    March 16, 2011

  • Hey! This word is a great addition to the list Adverbia. Thanks, 'zuzu.

    March 16, 2011