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.
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         Whatever fortune stays from his word.    --Shak.
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         Whatever Earth, all-bearing mother, yields. --Milton.
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         Whatever be its intrinsic value.         --J. H.
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   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
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