Albeit vs Withal - What's the difference?

albeit | withal |

As a conjunction albeit

is although, despite being.

As a preposition withal is


As an adverb withal is

(archaic) all things considered; nevertheless; besides[http://wwwmerriam-webstercom/dictionary/withal meanings in merriam-webster's dictionary].




  • although, despite being
  • He has a very good idea, albeit a strange one.

    Usage notes

    Unlike although'', ''albeit cannot also introduce an independent clause. Either can introduce a noun phrase, adjectival phrase, or adverbial phrase.


    * 2001 , (Eoin Colfer), , page 92: *: The stranger had crossed a sacred line. He had mentioned the men’s mothers. Nothing could get him out of a beating now, even the fact that he was obviously a simpleton. Albeit a simpleton with a good vocabulary. * 2007 June 17, Ellen Marrus, in the Houston Chronicle : *: There’s an easy, albeit expensive, way to fix the national crisis in forensic crime labs. * {{quote-news, year=2011 , date=September 24 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Up front, skipper and open-side Lewis Moody looked almost back to full fitness, while England's set-piece was barely troubled, albeit against a Romania side showing 11 changes from that beaten by Argentina earlier in the week.}}




    (English prepositions)
  • (archaic)
  • A knife is good to cut things withal .


  • (archaic) All things considered; nevertheless; besides Meanings in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
  • :* Yet, withal , David was the true altruist. — Gilbert Parker, "The Weavers"
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.
  • :* {{quote-book, year=1918, year_published=2008 , edition=HTML, author=(Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  • , title= citation , passage=So-al was a mighty fine-looking girl, built like a tigress as to strength and sinuosity, but withal sweet and womanly.}}
  • (obsolete) With this; with that.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He will scarce be pleased withal .