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Though somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon,the final chapter of the book is nonetheless accessible to laypeople.

what role is played by nonetheless here? If the sentence would have been ..the final chapter of the books is ___ to layperson, then would impenetrable, suffice here ?

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Nonetheless here is contrasting the accessibility with the difficult academic jargon, in the way one might use "still" or "however". You could also just leave out the nonetheless entirely. Its only purpose is to add emphasis to something unexpected - here, the idea that it is unusual to have a chapter with jargon that is accessible to the layperson. You could rewrite the sentence as:

Though somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon,the final chapter of the book is still accessible to laypeople.

The final chapter of the book is somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffers from a minor rash of academic jargon, however, it is accessible to laypeople.

Though somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon,the final chapter of the book is accessible to laypeople.

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No, you could not say that the chapter is both impenetrable but accessible nonetheless, not unless you were pointing out a paradox. The ideas yoked by nonetheless cannot be polar opposites. The ideas have to be going in roughly opposite directions, so to speak:

The chapter uses some big words that most people would find unfamiliar; nonetheless it is well worth the reader's time to look them up, for the chapter contains a wealth of useful information on how to get a panda out of your attic.

"Nonetheless" means "in spite of the aforementioned" or "the aforementioned notwithstanding" or "even so".

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