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From none +‎ the (Etymology 2), where both words are adverbs. Literally meaning, "not at all".


none the (comparative more none the, superlative most none the)

  1. Having no further or greater of a stated quality than before, used in phrases with comparative adjectives such as worse, better, wiser, etc., and often followed by for.
    • Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated by Mahadev Desai, Part I, chapter v:
      I may mention, however, that I was none the worse for abstaining from exercise. That was because [] , I had formed a habit of taking walks, which has still remained with me. These walks gave me a fairly hardy constitution.

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