Definition of そもそも


adverbial noun:

  • in the first place; to begin with; from the start; originally; ab initio


  • after all; anyway; actually; well, ...; ... on earth (e.g. "what on earth?"); ... in the world (e.g. "why in the world?") - used when bringing up something already mentioned

noun / ~の noun:

  • beginning; start

Example Sentences

In any case, just being wanted by the police isn't enough to make you "a criminal."
I've tried reasoning with him but he just won't listen.
If he comes at all, it will be surprising.
Is there an existing meaning if the person in charge does not take the responsibility to begin with?
Most accidents, after all, happen around the corner, not in the rainforest.

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