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Quhensoever, Quhan(e)soever, adv. conj. Also: whenso-, qwhainso- and -evir, -ewer. [e.m.E. and ME whensoever (c1320), late ME whan-so-ever (c1450): cf. Quhensaever. Chiefly written as one word.] On any or every occasion that, if on some occasion; on the (definite) (future) occasion that, when in due course; as soon (in the future) as. = Quhen-ever. 1559 Cal. Sc. P. I 261.
Quhen soevir ye may recover the name of ane honest man, quhilk be your lasche deid ye haif lost, I sall ansueir you as I awcht
1562-3 Winȝet II 8/27.
As gif that the pastouris suld vnabaisitlie gainstand the woulfis, quhensoeuir be that meanis thai ar persuadit
1558-66 Knox II 394.
To mak advertismentis whensoever daunger sould appear
1587 Gray Lett. & P. 146.
They think it nocht nidfwll that his maiestie be … forrein of thaer proceiding, being assurit to haif his fawoir and gwid will qwhainsoewer thaer conspiracies sall be effectwat
1588 King Cat. 39.
Besyddis that we set furthwart … the proffeit of our nyghbour quhane soewer occasion serwis
1588–9 Burntisland B. Ct. 25 Jan.
That howsone and quhensoewer it sall happine
c1590 Fowler II 9/15.
That quhensoeuer at any tyme thay ar myndit to commit their laubours vnto licht
Ib. 137/27.
Yet quhensoeuer thow sall benefeit these quhome thow hes armed and dois serve thé, thow may proceid with securetie with the rest
1610 Brechin Test. II 44.
Quhensoeuer scho cleithis hir selff to ane husband
1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 14.
Befoir the committee of Estates or others quhansoever the said George Cullen sall be requyrit
1657 Rothesay B. Rec. 269.
He fand sufficient cautioun to answer to the justice air quhensoever he ware called for the … bluid committed

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