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Is it true that "regardless" is a word I shouldn't use because it is obsolete? If it is, what shall I use instead?

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What makes you suspect the word? You need to provide some reference. – Kris Feb 20 '13 at 12:56
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Says who? Regardless is a perfectly standard word in current use.

I suspect you are confusing it with irregardless, which is often used for regardless or irrespective, and may originate either as a portmanteau of those, or as a double-negative of regard.

That's much more controversial, considered wrong by many, and a pet hate of quite a few. They though wouldn't say it was obsolete so much as that it had never been a "proper" word.

Certainly, avoid irregardless, at least in formal writing, but there's no such opprobrium applied to regardless.

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