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notwithstanding

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preposition not·with·stand·ing \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

Simple Definition of notwithstanding

  • : without being prevented by (something)

Full Definition of notwithstanding

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

Examples of notwithstanding

  1. 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

  2. Over all, the Illinois is a fairly straight river, only ten per cent longer than its beeline, the fact notwithstanding that the bends at Pekin corkscrew like fishing line that has come untied. —John McPhee, New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2004

  3. It may sound excessive, even notwithstanding dietary concerns, but actually the balance of textures and flavors is perfect: the oiliness of the egg is matched by the sharp saltiness of the anchovies … —Nigella Lawson, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2003

  4. What happened to him was in no way his fault, notwithstanding the whispered innuendos of the English-speaking residents. —Francine Prose, Harper's, March 2002

  5. <we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding>



Origin of notwithstanding

Middle English notwithstonding, from not + withstonding, present participle of withstonden to withstand


First Known Use: 14th century


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notwithstanding

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adverb not·with·stand·ing \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

Simple Definition of notwithstanding

  • : 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


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notwithstanding

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conjunction not·with·stand·ing \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

Definition of notwithstanding



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


NOTWITHSTANDING Defined for Kids

1

notwithstanding

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preposition not·with·stand·ing \ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ, -with-\

Definition of notwithstanding

  1. :  in spite of <We went notwithstanding the weather.>




2

notwithstanding

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adverb not·with·stand·ing

Definition of notwithstanding

  1. :  nevertheless <The team was inexperienced, but won notwithstanding.>





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