notwithstanding


1not·with·stand·ing

preposition \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

: without being prevented by (something)

Full Definition of NOTWITHSTANDING

:  despite <notwithstanding their inexperience, they were an immediate success> —often used after its object <the motion passed, our objection notwithstanding>

Examples of NOTWITHSTANDING

  1. <we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding>
  2. There were purges and there were trials, but compared with the 1940s these were mild indeed, Germany was finally reunited, and, appalling wars in the Balkans notwithstanding, Europe survived the end of the Cold War. —Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, May 2006

Origin of NOTWITHSTANDING

Middle English notwithstonding, from not + withstonding, present participle of withstonden to withstand
First Known Use: 14th century

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2not·with·stand·ing

adverb \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

: in spite of what has just been said

Full Definition of NOTWITHSTANDING

Examples of NOTWITHSTANDING

  1. Although there are some who oppose the plan, we will go through with it notwithstanding.
  2. <you're rather late getting here, but you're welcome to join us for dinner notwithstanding>

Origin of NOTWITHSTANDING

(see 1notwithstanding)
First Known Use: 15th century

3not·with·stand·ing

conjunction \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

Definition of NOTWITHSTANDING

:  although

Examples of NOTWITHSTANDING

  1. <the man suspected of being the serial killer is little known to his neighbors, notwithstanding he has lived in the apartment complex for years>

Origin of NOTWITHSTANDING

(see 1notwithstanding)
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to NOTWITHSTANDING

Synonyms
albeit, as, howbeit, much as, although, though, when, whereas, while, whilst [chiefly British]

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