be that as it may


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be that as it may

Cliché even if what you say is true. l am sorry to hear about your troubles, but, be that as it may, you still must carry out your responsibilities. Be that as it may, I still cannot help you.
See also: may

be that as it may

(slightly formal)
although it may be true We are close to achieving our goals, but be that as it may, we still have problems that must be solved.
Related vocabulary: for all that
See also: may

be that as it may

  (formal)
something that you say which means although you accept a piece of information as a fact, it does not make you think differently about the subject that you are discussing He certainly was under pressure at the time. Be that as it may, he was still wrong to react in the way that he did.
See Be my guest
See also: may

be that as it may

Nevertheless, it may be true but, as in Be that as it may, I can't take your place on Monday. This phrase has its roots in be as be may, used from Chaucer's time for about four centuries. [Mid-1800s]
See also: may