What is the meaning of the word "however" in the phrase "possible, however unlikely"? An example of a sentence containing this phrase (taken from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) is,
If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.
The word "however" can have two meanings according to google. These are:
- used to introduce a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously,
- in whatever way; regardless of how.
So the example sentence could be interpreted as:
- It is possible they might find a weakness and exploit it; however, this is unlikely.
Or it could be interpreted as
- However unlikey it is, it is (nevertheless) possible that they might find a weakness and exploit it.
Is one or the other of these "the correct way" of interpreting it, or are the two ways so similar that the speaker would not intend for the phrase to be interpreted one way or another, and you are free to choose whichever meaning you want?