notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: despite notwithstanding their inexperience, they were an immediate success often used after its objectthe motion passed, our objection notwithstanding

notwithstanding

adverb
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 3)

notwithstanding

conjunction
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for notwithstanding

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

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Examples of notwithstanding in a Sentence

Preposition 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 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 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 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 we went to see the show, my objections notwithstanding Adverb Although there are some who oppose the plan, we will go through with it notwithstanding. you're rather late getting here, but you're welcome to join us for dinner notwithstanding Conjunction the man suspected of being the serial killer is little known to his neighbors, notwithstanding he has lived in the apartment complex for years
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Already, experts are cautioning that Trump’s idea would be strikingly difficult to implement, time constraints notwithstanding. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Trump’s last-ditch drug pricing moves could help him in November. But they likely won’t save Americans money," 15 Sep. 2020 False Oval Office prophets notwithstanding, there’s no quick fix just over the horizon. NOLA.com, "Keep the faith, stay the course. There's no other way.," 11 Sep. 2020 The football score against the Tigers notwithstanding, the Brewers have ranked in the bottom five of the 30 clubs in every important offensive category. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "19 games in 17 days: That's the challenge underachieving Brewers face to make the playoffs," 10 Sep. 2020 Scandals notwithstanding, both VH1 and MTV have already made mental health a focus in documenting the lives of reality show personalities. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, "TV needs to change the way it handles mental health. MTV is one of the networks leading the charge.," 9 Sep. 2020 Alcohol consumption has been falling in the U.S. for years (quarantine blips and binges notwithstanding). Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "10 Food Trends for the Next Decade: Family Dinners, Less Booze and More," 9 Sep. 2020 Its transparent purpose is to insulate Islamic doctrine from critical examination, notwithstanding that fundamentalists unabashedly exploit scripture to justify and promote terrorism. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It’s a Straight Line from Biden to BLM," 5 Sep. 2020 Other deals, ever-changing border closures notwithstanding, included New York to Paris and back for $227 (on TAP Air Portugal) and round-trips from the U.S. to Melbourne for an eye-popping $353 (on Air Canada). Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "Airlines Are Luring Travelers Back With Cheap Fares and Empty Seats — but Is It Worth It?," 4 Sep. 2020 With 10 wins in 14 games, the Giants are coming off by far their best two-week stretch of the season, Wednesday’s ugly 9-6 loss in Denver notwithstanding. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Playoffs within reach for Giants, Kapler optimistic about final 22 games.," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In other words, people should not be duped into believing that the economic damage is over -- despite the fact that the housing market has remained strong and stocks are still up sharply from March lows, recent volatility notwithstanding. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Uh-oh: The low and slow economic recovery is back," 8 Sep. 2020 In 1954 and again in 1963, state courts ruled that donor insemination constituted adultery, husband consent notwithstanding. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 Ms Caruso-Cabrera is well-funded but, Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s primary dispatch of Joe Crowley last time round notwithstanding, New York is usually kind to its incumbents. The Economist, "Squad goals Donald Trump’s favourite freshmen face primaries," 23 May 2020 With the fashion industry estimated to be responsible for , climate concern is no longer confined to waifish hippies ( and specious weight loss claims notwithstanding). Alden Wicker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can Sustainable Fashion and Inclusive Sizing Coexist?," 30 Apr. 2020 There’s no right answer, the sunburned masses notwithstanding. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Is reaching out to the ex for closure always a bad idea?," 19 Dec. 2019 Delusions in all quarters notwithstanding, worn by two decades of low-intensity war, the American military has fallen behind in nuclear deterrence, critical technologies, readiness, manning, training, and morale. Mark Helprin, National Review, "American Foreign and Defense Policy: Between Scylla and Charybdis," 16 Apr. 2020 Neither did the squidlike ammonites that curled like rams’ horns, or marine reptiles including the plesiosaurs (Loch Ness conspiracies notwithstanding). Quanta Magazine, "A Rapid End Strikes the Dinosaur Extinction Debate," 25 Mar. 2020 Sunk costs notwithstanding, Arizona now has what seems to be a coherent plan: building around both its wunderkind coach’s scheme and its pint-sized quarterback’s skill set. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Steve Keim earns rave reviews for DeAndre Hopkins trade, other moves," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of notwithstanding

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for notwithstanding

Preposition, Adverb, and Conjunction

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

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The first known use of notwithstanding was in the 14th century

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18 Sep 2020

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“Notwithstanding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notwithstanding. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for notwithstanding

notwithstanding

preposition
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English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : without being prevented by (something)

notwithstanding

adverb
How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : in spite of what has just been said

notwithstanding

preposition
not·​with·​stand·​ing | \ ˌnät-with-ˈstan-diŋ How to pronounce notwithstanding (audio) , -wit͟h- \

Kids Definition of notwithstanding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in spite of We went notwithstanding the weather.

notwithstanding

adverb

Kids Definition of notwithstanding (Entry 2 of 2)

: nevertheless The team was inexperienced, but won notwithstanding.

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