What is meaning of "Still." as a sentence in conversation?

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I'm reading an Australian novel. There are an expression "Still." but I don't know the exact meaning.

like

She nodded and smiled. "Still. What can I do?"

or

"Still. It's a real shame."

What is the meaning of "Still." in conversations? Is it slang?

user44484

Posted 2016-11-09T12:03:11.980

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I don't think this is specifically Australian usage. The meaning of still here is "regardless" or "despite that"; the speaker is saying "*Despite what has just been said, what can I do?" or "Regardless of that, it is a real shame." (I realize that this is difficult because still has so many different meanings.)

– stangdon – 2016-11-09T12:57:56.643

1I see it in other regional variations of English. I consider it to be a verbal shrug. "Yes, that may be true, but what of it/what can I do/what do you expect?" – John Feltz – 2016-11-09T15:39:37.070

Answers

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In your examples

still

has the meaning

given the (current) situation
eventhough

Still. What can I do?
given the current situation, what can I do?

Still. It's a real shame.
given the situation, it's a real shame.

Peter

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