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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whatever \What*ev"er\, pron. Anything soever which; the thing or things of any kind; being this or that; of one nature or another; one thing or another; anything that may be; all that; the whole that; all particulars that; -- used both substantively and adjectively. [1913 Webster] Whatever fortune stays from his word. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Whatever be its intrinsic value. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] Note: Whatever often follows a noun, being used elliptically. "There being no room for any physical discovery whatever" [sc. it may be]. --Whately. [1913 Webster] Whatnot